February 18, 2022
IFPA has shared the following update from Robert Guenther, chief public policy officer, with members and media:
“The USDA has just announced the resumption of avocado exports from Mexico into the United States after comprehensive investigation into the threats against a USDA inspector. In particular, USDA has shared that avocados that were inspected prior to the suspension of trade and are currently at the packing facilities will be released. Additionally, the announcement confirmed that inspections have also resumed.
The safety of our USDA inspectors is paramount. We are grateful that both countries have come to a resolution so that the U.S. and Mexico can continue our positive trading relationship. IFPA looks forward to continuing to work with businesses on both sides of the border and their respective governments to continue to monitor and address these issues, so consumers can continue to enjoy uninterrupted access to fresh produce.”
Feb. 16, 2022
Since Saturday, February 11, the International Fresh Produce Association (IFPA) has been engaged with both U.S. and Mexican government officials to assess the situation in the Mexican State of Michoacán regarding the announcement by USDA to suspend inspections of Mexican avocados. We have also been reaching out to our members who grow, transport, distribute, and sell avocados to U.S. consumers to monitor the situation.
We understand at this point the U.S. government has officials on the ground working through an investigation with their Mexican counterparts surrounding a threat to a USDA official. We have been assured this is a high priority for both governments to first assure the safety of government officials and people who work in the avocado industry.
Once this is determined and a safety protocol can be agreed upon by both countries, we expect USDA to resume inspections. IFPA remains committed to ensuring that international trade can resume between the two countries, and that the matter can be resolved quickly and safely for those involved.
One of IFPA’s strategic priorities is government advocacy that builds and maintains a positive business climate in the U.S. and North American market and encourages a commitment to free and fair trade.