(April 16) Mexico has reopened its market to Idaho potatoes following the completion of a scientific evaluation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced late last week.

Mexico suspended imports of Idaho potatoes in April 2006 when potato cyst nematode was detected in Idaho.

Mexican officials now have concluded that there is no risk of introducing the pest to Mexico if Idaho growers follow specified safeguards, APHIS said.

The safeguards include testing post-harvest soil samples to be sure they are free of the pest, and shipping from fields outside the regulated area.