Romania says wheat rejected by exporter had traces of ergot

Friday 09-09-2016 03:10 PM

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By Reuters

BUCHAREST, Sept 9 (Reuters) - Romania's agriculture ministry said on Friday that a 63,000 tonne wheat shipment destined for Egypt that a Romanian exporter declined to ship had traces of ergot fungus, which has been banned under Cairo's new import policy.

"In the situation of the Romanian operator, the percentage of infection with the fungus in question was 0.0001 percent, so a thousand times lower than the maximum allowed limit, which is 0.1 percent," the ministry said in a statement.

Romanian grain trading house Cerealcom Dolj said on Thursday it had declined to ship the wheat to Egypt because of the new rules, under which Cairo introduced a zero tolerance stance against the common wheat fungus. (Reporting by Radu Marinas; editing by David Clarke)

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