Jan. 08, 2017
The new head is Najla Mousa Balabel, the Agriculture Ministry said in a statement Sunday.
Balabel replaces Ibrahim Imbaby, who had been appointed to head the agency in March.
The ministry did not give a reason for the change.
Imbaby had replaced Saad Moussa, who insisted that imported wheat should contain zero levels of the ergot fungus against more internationally acceptable standards of 0.05 percent.
This led to decreased supplier participation in government held tenders and a stand-off of nearly a year between the quarantine agency and Egypt’s state buyer, the General Authority for Supply Commodities (GASC).
After a resolution to the ergot problem was reached and the 0.05 percent standard was adopted, a decree was issued in November giving another government body, the General Organization for Export and Import Control (GOEIC), the bulk of the responsibility for inspecting wheat and other agricultural products at ports.
GASC has since resumed its regular purchasing pattern of wheat.