June 4, 2018 / 12:42 PM / a year ago

Russia says Egypt approves halted wheat cargo after second test

MOSCOW, June 4 (Reuters) - Egypt has approved a Russian wheat cargo, which was halted by Cairo last week, after a second test showed it did not contain high levels of the grain fungus ergot, Russia’s state Grain Quality Service said on Monday.

The second test showed the cargo contained 0.01 percent levels of ergot — below the 0.05 percent limit enforced by Egypt — compared with 0.06 percent in an initial test, it said in a statement.

Egypt, the world’s largest wheat importer, halted the entry of a 63,000-tonne Russian wheat cargo last Thursday, but port officials told Reuters on Sunday that the results of a second test indicated ergot levels fell within acceptable limits. (Reporting by Polina Devitt; writing by Tom Balmforth; editing by Jason Neely)

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