Inside the bloody cartel war for Mexico’s multibillion-dollar avocado industry


11/20/19 – Los Angeles Times

By Katie Linthicum

The cartel members showed up in this verdant stretch of western Mexico armed with automatic weapons and chainsaws.

Soon they were cutting timber day and night, the crash of falling trees echoing throughout the virgin forest. When locals protested, explaining that the area was protected from logging, they were held at gunpoint and ordered to keep quiet.

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Mexico blocks Foster Farms chicken imports amid salmonella fears

Los Angeles Times, 10/24/2013

medicine healthcare - stethoscopeMexico has blocked imports of Foster Farms chicken from three Central California processing facilities linked to an outbreak of salmonella. The Mexican government told the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday that it was removing from its list of approved exporters two Foster Farms plants in Fresno and one in Livingston, where the poultry company is headquartered.

The blocked three plants were identified by the USDA as the likely origins of a salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least 338 people across the U.S. since March.

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Mexico makes biggest US corn buy in decades as crop shrinks

Reuters, 8/2/2012

Mexico raided the U.S. corn market by making the biggest one-day purchase in over two decades this week, the first clear sign of global anxiety over the decimated U.S. crop.

Mexico, the No 2 importer of U.S. corn after Japan, bought 1.516 million tonnes, the U.S. Agriculture Department said on Thursday, a move traders said could touch off a frenzy of buying by other countries who have been caught flatfooted by the worst U.S. drought in 56 years.

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Mexico Lifts Meat-Import Ban on Some U.S. Plants

meat2Bloomberg, 12/29/2008

Mexico has lifted meat-import restrictions on at least 19 U.S. slaughterhouses, after earlier banning their shipments, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said today in an e-mail statement. Five other plants will probably be recertified after the USDA sends plans to Mexico for resuming imports, according to the statement from Laura Reiser, a spokeswoman from the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Last week, Mexico banned purchases of pork, beef and poultry from about 30 U.S. plants because of failure to meet import standards. They included facilities owned by Tyson Foods Inc., the largest U.S.-based meat producer, and Smithfield Foods Inc., the world’s largest hog producer.

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