China will halt all imports of potatoes in the U.K., the country’s food and drug regulator said Friday, after years of declining sales.
The move comes as British producers have been battling over the countrys refusal to allow the import of Chinese potato varieties.
The Food and Drug Administration said Friday that it was temporarily halting imports from the U., which accounts for more than 40 percent of the country s annual production.
The FDA said that U.k. potato producers have faced “unprecedented” shortages of the popular variety, which is grown in China and the Uruguay, Uruguay, Chile and other parts of South America.
The U.s. government has said that the potato is important for the U’s food supply.
But many British potato growers are now working to export the product to countries in Europe and elsewhere.
The government has also been trying to help growers export their potatoes to China, where it accounts for around a quarter of the world s potato production.