Smuggling of 100 tons of infested imported wheat thwarted
Amin Hassan, 30, holds wheat grains in a field in Qaha at El-Kalubia governorate, near Cairo, May 5, 2015. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

CAIRO: The smuggling of 100 tons of bad imported wheat into Egypt was foiled by the police, Youm7 reported Thursday.

The wheat was infested with bugs and its characteristics were “mutated,” Youm7 reported.

The mill owner, believed to have imported the wheat from a location still unknown, was arrested and the wheat confiscated.

In December, Egypt rejected a cargo of French wheat over containing too much ergot fungi. Egypt has offered local farmers subsidies to increase their wheat harvest in an endeavor to reduce wheat imports. The country is the world’s largest wheat importer, which takes large amounts of hard currency.

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