Monday 21 August 2017

Egypt's GASC says wheat import ergot ban won't be reinstated

Egypt's GASC says wheat import ergot ban won't be reinstated
(Reuters (Eng) 06/10/17)
Egypt's GASC says wheat import ergot ban won't be reinstated

Egypt's state-grain buyer GASC said on Saturday that a court ruling this week which is expected to scrap the country's new food inspection system will not reinstate a ban on the common grain fungus ergot.

"The court ruling is procedural and administrative and has nothing to do with specifications ... We have taken this view after consultations with the Agriculture Ministry," GASC Vice Chairman Ahmed Youssef told Reuters.

GASC said it remained committed to permitting up to 0.05 percent ergot in wheat imports, a common international standard it adopted last year after a ban on ergot led to mass boycotts of its purchase tenders.

(Reporting by Maha El Dahan; writing by Eric Knecht; editing by David Clarke)

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