Prime minister consulted on decision to return to zero tolerance policy towards ergot

CAIRO (Reuters) – An official at Egypt’s agriculture ministry said on Sunday the prime minister had been consulted on the latest decision to return to a zero tolerance policy towards ergot, a common grain fungus, in imported wheat.

“The decision was done in coordination with the prime minister,” Ahmed Abu el-Yazeed, head of the services centre at the ministry, said at a press conference.

Abu Zeid added that in the latest period a total of two imported wheat shipments out of 15 had been rejected due to  ergot contamination.

(Reporting By Maha El Dahan; reporting by Eric Knecht)

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