South Korea stops Oregon potato imports

South Korea stops Oregon potato imports

South Korea is shutting down all shipments of fresh potatoes from Oregon because of the presence of zebra chip.

The plant disease, found for the first time in the Northwest last year, has been found in one field in Oregon and four fields in Idaho this summer.

The U.S. exported almost 20,000 metric tons of fresh potatoes to Korea in 2011, at a value of almost $7 million, with Oregon shipping just under 12,000 tons and Washington nearly 7,000 tons.

"The Korean market is really important to the entire U.S., but especially to Oregon growers," said Bill Brewer, administrator and CEO of the Oregon Potato Commission.

Read more at Capital Press.

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