Onions from Mexico linked to salmonella outbreak in 37 states

Source: NBC News

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is asking people to check their onions after a salmonella outbreak sickened more than 650 people across the country.

The CDC said fresh, whole red, white and yellow onions imported from Chihuahua, Mexico, are subject to the alert. ProSource Inc. distributed them to grocery stores and restaurants throughout the U.S.


Mexico hopes to clean up its narco image at Expo 2020 Dubai

Source: Mexico News Daily

One of Mexico’s objectives at the world expo currently being held in Dubai is to broaden people’s perception of the country, Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said Tuesday.

He lamented that Mexico is best known internationally for its portrayal in television series that focus on the lives of drug traffickers such as Narcos México and El Chapo.


Cartel violence in Mexico forces people to flee their homes, leaving ghost towns behind

Source: USA Today

EL CAJÓN, Mexico —Two years ago, more than 100 people lived in this small village in Mexico’s western state of Michoacán. 

Now, there are only eight.

A local feast celebrating Saint Michael the Archangel, patron saint of the town, used to run for two days, with heaps of food and celebratory banda, regional Mexican music. There is no feast this year — only three men dressing up a statue of the saint between cleaning a church. 


After Pastor Evicts Nearly 200 Migrants, His Brother Welcomes Them All

Source: New York Times

MATAMOROS, Mexico — Over the summer, as migrants rushed into the Mexican border city of Matamoros, a local pastor lost his patience.

The pastor, Víctor Barrientos, had already invited dozens of asylum seekers to live in his church, believing that was his religious duty as an evangelical Christian. But suddenly, it seemed to him, there were too many people. His guests were messy, he said, and “out of control” — and then, just as the pandemic’s third wave hit, they started getting the coronavirus.



Source: Brownfield Ag News

The USDA says pork export sales were up sharply during the week ending September 23rd.  The total of 42,500 tons was 31% higher than the previous week, with Mexico and China combining for more than 80% of the week’s pork sales. Beef exports were up modestly, with Japan, South Korea, and China leading the way. Soybean, soybean product, cotton, and rice sales all showed week to week improvements, while corn and wheat sales declined. The USDA’s next set of supply and demand estimates is out October 12th.

Physical shipments of beans, corn, sorghum, and wheat were less than what’s needed to meet projections for the current marketing year. The 2021/22 marketing year started June 1st, 2021 for wheat, August 1st, 2021 for cotton and rice, and September 1st, 2021 for beans, corn, and sorghum, and starts October 1st, 2021 for soybean products. The marketing year for beef and pork is the calendar year.


Five Must-Read Articles About Modern Mexico

Source: Forbes

In 2021, Mexico is continuing to struggle with the spread of the Covid-19 virus, but is already showing some positive signs of economic recovery. Over the last few weeks I’ve tweeted a number of news stories highlighting current political and economic trends in Mexico.

On September 3, I tweeted this Insight Crime story on Mexico’s record-breaking levels of remittances. The article explains that Mexico’s Central Bank (Banco de México – Banxico) reported that more than $28 billion in remittances have been sent to Mexico from the U.S. during the first seven months of 2021, up 23% from 2020. The jump in remittances, the Insight Crime report explains, could be driven in part by higher levels of money laundering.


Mexico files lawsuit in U.S. against former security chief linked to Sinaloa Cartel


Source: Reuters

Mexico has launched a lawsuit in Miami, Florida against former security chief Genaro García Luna and a network of companies run by him and his associates, hoping to recover illegally obtained assets, Mexico’s Financial Intelligence Unit (UIF) said on Tuesday.

Ex-Security Minister García Luna pled not guilty last year to U.S. charges involving a multimillion-dollar bribery scheme allegedly designed to boost the Sinaloa cartel once headed by jailed drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.


US officials to probe whip-like cords used against migrants


Source: Al Jazeera

United States immigration officials have said they have launched an investigation after images emerged of mounted US border guards appearing to use horse reins to threaten migrants camped along the Texas-Mexico border.

Photos and videos showed border guards on horses chase migrants near an encampment under a bridge connecting Del Rio, Texas with Ciudad Acuna, Mexico. That came as officials sought to expel the mostly Haitian migrants from the camp, which had housed as many as 12,000 people in recent days.


Italy halts auction of archaeological artifacts on Mexico’s request


Source: Mexico News Daily

Italian authorities intervened to cancel an auction in Rome at which 17 Mexican archaeological artifacts were to go on the block.

Culture Minister Alejandra Frausto said the timely action of Mexico’s ambassador in Italy, Carlos García de Alba, and the European nation’s chief of police for the protection of cultural heritage, Roberto Riccardi, were crucial to the suspension of the auction, which the Bertolami Fine Arts auction house planned to hold last Thursday.


COVID roundup: active case numbers down, cross-border vaccination expands

Source: Mexico News Daily

An additional 13,217 coronavirus cases were added to Mexico’s accumulated tally on Wednesday while the COVID-19 death toll rose by 896.

Mexico’s pandemic totals now stand at 3.54 million cases and 269,912 deaths. There are 83,834 estimated active cases across Mexico, a 1% decrease compared to Tuesday.