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Mexican Corn Molds After Ships Take Icy Route to S. Africa

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Some shipments of white corn from Mexico have arrived in South African ports covered in mold after carriers opted for a longer route around the tip of South America instead of through the Panama Canal.

Vessels carrying corn reached the South African port of Durban earlier this marketing season with cargo showing mold damage, said Hampie Lourens, the managing director of South African Bulk Terminals, which is the only grain terminal in sub-Saharan Africa capable of handling fully laden Panamax vessels.