Egypt to revise work of quarantine body after wheat row


DUBAI, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Egypt'sAgriculture Ministry said on Tuesday it would form a committee to revise legislation governing the work of the agricultural quarantine authority, which has rattled world grain markets by turning away several wheat cargoes since 2016.

Egypt, the world's largest wheat importer, wreaked havoc in the global trade when quarantine officials in 2016 applied a policy on imports that barred any shipments of the grain containing even trace amounts of the common grain fungus ergot.

A prime ministerial decree ended the crisis in 2017 by enforcing a more common global standard, but this was challenged in court through several cases.

The ministry in December brought its policy on the fungus into line with other Egyptian government agencies, issuing a decree that stated that any wheat that contained below an 0.05 percent of ergot would be accepted.

A 2001 regulation used by the agriculture quarantine inspectors had stipulated a zero tolerance policy towards ergot, but other Egyptian bodies have followed 2010 guidance pointing to the more globally accepted standard of 0.05 percent.

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