Egypt bans importing wheat containing any levels of ergot fungus

Egyptian Agriculture Minister Essam Fayed issued decree 1421 for 2016 Sunday to ban importing any wheat shipments containing any levels of the ergot fungus.

Recently, Egypt tightened restrictions on imports with a new rule preventing some grain vessels from unloading until they pass final inspection.

Previously, ships that were being reviewed by authorities could discharge the cargo into bonded warehouses before receiving final approval by quarantine officials.

At the beginning of 2016, French, Canadian and Polish wheat shipments were rejected due to their ergot content.