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USTR pushes Mexico for biotech approvals, potato access

U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai told Mexican government officials Wednesday that the country needs to resume its stalled process of approving genetically modified crops and pressed for an update on the country’s progress on increasing access for U.S. potatoes, reports Bill Tomson for AgriPulse.

Tai stressed the importance of agricultural trade between the two countries and highlighted the two trade frictions in a meeting in Mexico City with Mexican Agriculture Secretary Victor Villalobos and Mexican Economy Secretary Tatiana Clouthier, according to a statement released by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

Separately, National Potato Council CEO Kam Quarles tells Agri-Pulse he’s pleased Tai is pressing Mexican officials on allowing more U.S. spuds into the country. “U.S. potato growers appreciate the continued vigilance of Ambassador Tai and Secretary Vilsack to ensure this 20-plus year potato market access dispute finally crosses the finish line,” Quarles said Wednesday. “Over the past two decades, we’ve heard Mexico make numerous promises about living up to their end of trade agreements only to backtrack under domestic political pressure and continue to prevent fresh U.S. potatoes from gaining full access to their country.

Source: Agri-Pulse. Read the full story here

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