Egypt’s state grain buyer GASC has changed its wheat import specifications to a zero tolerance policy towards the ergot fungus, a document seen by Reuters showed.
The document, which explains wheat specifications for a purchase tender, stated that in accordance with an agriculture ministry decision the tolerance for ergot fungus in imported wheat should be zero percent.
Just last month, Egypt said it would accept imported wheat shipments containing 0.05%, a common international standard, of ergot in imports.
Egypt is the world’s largest wheat importer. According to Ahram online, wheat imports for the 2015/16 marketing year are estimated at 11 million tonnes. This is about the same as the previous year and the average for the last 5 years.