Friday, October 19, 2007

Friendly As The Avocado Wal-Mart

In 1998 Wal-Mart Stores Inc. was accused of illegally transporting hundred of cartons of Mexican avocados to states that did not have federal approval to sell them. USDA alleges that from late 1997 to early 1998, WalMart moved 668 cartons of avocados from selected states to unapproved states such as Iowa, Tennessee and Missouri. "These are very serious charges," said Craig A. Reed, administrator for USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. "Shipping imported Mexican avocados against regulations could spread plant pests and jeopardize U.S. agriculture." [Associated Press via Washington Dateline, 10/21/07

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