Mexico stops contaminated rice shipment from Pakistan

Mexican customs officials discover the shipment was contaminated by a tiny beetle that destroys grain products.


Afp June 26, 2013
Mexican customs officials discover the shipment was contaminated by a tiny beetle that destroys grain products. PHOTO: CREATIVE COMMON

VERACRUZ: Mexican customs officials have quarantined 3,000 tonnes of rice from Pakistan after they discovered that the shipment was contaminated by a tiny beetle that destroys grain products, officials said Tuesday.

A customs official in the Gulf of Mexico port city of Veracruz said the Khapra beetle, or Trogoderma granarium, was found during the inspection of 120 containers from Pakistan.

The shipment is in quarantine while authorities decide whether to destroy the rice or return it to Pakistan, the president of the Veracruz customs agent union, Anibal Arturo Rosas Reyes, told AFP.

Officials have been instructed to ensure that "every rice container from Pakistan be inspected" to protect Mexican crops from the risk of contamination, he added.

The brown beetle, which is between two and three millimeters long, is a destructive pest that feeds on grains and cereal products.

Mexico imports 70 percent of the 100,000 tonnes of rice it consumes per year.

COMMENTS (17)

leela | 8 years ago | Reply

Err... Is it halal?

Nadeem | 8 years ago | Reply

For all that declare so proudly "ban all Pakistani exports". What you are saying is Pakistan should not get any foreign exchange which it uses for buying oil, petrol etc. So in effect there will be no petrol or diesel and farmers will have to resort to using cows/oxen driving prices higher as labor costs go up. Honestly do you people every stop and think what you are saying or just open your mouth and hope something intelligent comes out?

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