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It’s Egyptian Wheat Fungus Redux as Cargoes Rejected for Ergot

  • Canadian, Polish wheat turned away amid ergot fungus findings
  • Egypt roiled markets earlier this year after policy confusion

Egypt, the world’s largest buyer of wheat, has turned away two more cargoes of grain purportedly contaminated with fungus, just months after similar rejections led to confusion over import rules and roiled markets.

Cargoes totaling 40,000 metric tons of Canadian and Polish wheat were recently rejected by quarantine authorities because of contamination with the ergot fungus, said officials at the two companies that own the grain, Venus International and Five Star Flour Mills Co.