Ergot in Egypt — One Event or Symptom?

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Opinion

A guest editorial submitted by Cam Dahl, President of Cereals Canada: It is baffling. Egypt is a country facing food shortages yet they are blocking wheat shipments from around the world. Their quarantine agency has decided to impose a zero tolerance for ergot. This is despite the fact that the contracts signed by Egypt’s central buying agency recognize the international, science-based tolerance of 0.05 per cent. Some may think that 0.05 per cent is a pretty small number and not really a whole lot different from zero. “Some” would be wrong. Zero tolerance brings us into the realm of parts per…

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