April 30, 2019 / 11:57 AM / 24 days ago

Ivory Coast bans Olam rice imports for one year after spoilt shipment

ABIDJAN, April 30 (Reuters) - Ivory Coast banned rice imports from Singapore-based commodity trader Olam International for one year after destroying an 18,000-tonne shipment of “spoilt” rice, the commerce ministry said.

Olam said in a statement on Tuesday that it was disappointed by the ministry’s decision, which was first announced last Friday.

“The unique circumstances relating to the recent rejection of a cargo of rice were unfortunate and not representative of the shipments of rice into Ivory Coast,” Olam said.

Reporting by Ange Aboa; Additional reporting and Writing by Juliette Jabkhiro in Dakar; Editing by Aaron Ross and Louise Heavens

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