A Mexican federal judge banned the entry of fresh potatoes from the United States amid concerns that pests they contain may damage the environment, Mexico's Federal Judicial Council (CJF) said on Tuesday.
The judge, based in Los Mochis in the northern, potato-producing state of Sinaloa, held that measures taken by Mexico's Ministry of Agriculture (SAGARPA) could not guarantee the prevention of the spread of 63 quarantine pests present in potatoes from the United States.
The judge declared SAGARPA's measures unconstitutional on the grounds that the threat of pests violates the human right to a healthy environment . . .