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U.S. Halts Avocado Imports from Mexico Region Before Super Bowl

  • Temporary suspension follows security worries in Michoacán
  • U.S. has launched an investigation to assess the threat

The U.S. paused avocado shipments from one of Mexico’s major producing regions on security worries, in an announcement just a day before the Super Bowl when guacamole consumption typically soars.

The Mexican agriculture ministry said the temporary suspension involves avocados from Michoacán -- the world’s biggest producing region of the billion-dollar avocado trade. The U.S. had informed Mexico’s agriculture ministry of the decision after one of its officers, who was carrying out inspection work in the city of Uruapan, received a threatening call to his cell phone, according to the statement.