South Korea Eases Restrictions on Pacific NW Potatoes
(BOISE) – South Korea has eased its restrictions on potato imports coming from the Pacific Northwest. The country had put a ban on spuds from Idaho, Washington, and Oregon in August out of fear of the “zebra chip” bacterium, which produces dark potato chips. The ban has been lifted for processed potato foods, but remains in place for raw potatoes that normally line the shelves of South Korean grocery stores. Officials say the governments of South Korea and the United States are working together to ensure that trade remains as open as possible.