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Colombia: 768 tons fruit import refused entryFearing invasive pests, the Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA) has rejected large quantities of fruit from Chile and the United States.
ICA says that it has returned 768 tons of fruit since January last year. The institute is concerned not to import the Khapra beetle, a South East Asian insect that causes devastation to crops.
ICA official Rafael Sanmiguel said, "The pests intercepted in shipments from Chile and the United States have never been present in Colombia. Thanks to the constant ICA inspections in 27 control points located in airports, ports, and border crossings, Colombia has avoided contamination of its agriculture production."
The ICA, which inspected 28,000 import shipments and 95,000 export shipments last year, will have to work even harder as the Colombia-US Free Trade Agreement further opens up Colombia to imported agriculture.
Publication date: 3/22/2012
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