Arizona bans Mexico produce checks

Reuters, 11/11/2010

Arizona has banned produce inspections by its agriculture department in Mexico over fears that escalating drug violence there could put inspectors lives at risk, authorities said on Thursday.

The Arizona Department of Agriculture, or ADA, said it took the decision earlier this month not to send inspectors to northern Sonora state to check fruit and vegetable quality prior to import, citing fears of surging drug violence there.

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