Mexico Court Bans US Potato Imports Over Biodiversity Concerns

MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) — Mexico’s federal court on Friday banned imports of US potatoes citing a threat of invasive pests entering from North America to the country’s agricultural biodiversity.

Mexican authorities said they had discovered 63 types of dangerous pests in potatoes imported from the United States.

The Central American country first raised alarm over insect pests brought in on US potatoes more than a year ago. It has deemed measures that were taken to address the threat of agricultural diseases as ineffective.

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