The US puts Mexico's avocado sector on notice for illegal plantations

Fresh Avocado
United States
Regulation & Compliances
Published Feb 28, 2024

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The US will no longer import avocados from illegal plantations in Michoacán, Mexico, which are contributing to deforestation, according to US Ambassador Ken Salazar. Steps are being taken to regulate over 800 unauthorised avocado orchards in the region. A protocol is being established to prevent the export of avocados grown illegally, with a clause soon to be added referring to a state program for forest protection in Michoacán. In the past four years, Mexico has been the source of 88% of fresh avocado imports to the US, with nearly 2.48 billion pounds imported in 2023 alone.
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U.S. Ambassador Ken Salazar on Monday told producers in Michoacán, Mexico, the country's largest avocado-producing state, that the United States will not import fruit grown on illegal plantations, which also contribute to deforestation. In a joint press conference with Michoacán Governor Alfredo Ramírez, Salazar said measures are being taken to address hundreds of unregulated avocado orchards identified in the state. "The people who are behind these more than 800 illegal orchards should not have the opportunity to sell these avocados in the US market," Salazar said. This is the first time that these orchards have been identified by authorities, the ambassador said. US, Mexican and Michoacán agencies are now working on a protocol to thwart future export efforts of the illegally grown product. "This must have a consequence and that is that the protocol for exporting Mexican avocados to the US will soon include a clause with direct reference to Guardian Forestal," said Governor ...
Source: MXfruit
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