Egypt Quarantines Russian Wheat

Media reports suggest that the state-owned Egyptian wheat buyer GASC has ordered the seizure of all Russian wheat consignments in the country after a cargo at the Egyptian port of Safaga was said to be "unfit for human consumption".

More than half of Egypt's import requirements have been coming from Russia or Ukraine in 2008/09. Earlier in the marketing year there were also problems with Ukrainian wheat for failing to meet contractual standards.

Egypt is the joint largest wheat importer in the world along with Iran, and is expected to import around 8.5 MMT in the current marketing year.

Russia said that they didn't realise that it was supposed to be fit for human consumption and that they thought it was just Egyptians that were gonna to eat it!