MEXICO CITY – Mexico’s Federal Consumer Protection Bureau (Profeco) has filed a complaint with the Attorney General’s Office against the parties who may be involved in pushing up the price of limes, officials said.
Lime prices have soared up to 200 percent since December, hitting 80 pesos ($6.11) per kilo in some areas.
Prices have ranged from 30 pesos to 60 pesos ($2.30 to $4.60) per kilo of limes this week.
The price of limes, which some media outlets are sarcastically referring to as “green gold,” has increased due to a number of factors, analysts said.
The candidatus liberibacter bacteria, which causes “yellow dragon” disease, affected lime trees in some parts of Mexico in 2013, analysts said.
Torrential rains last year, gouging by middlemen and extortion rackets run by drug cartels against growers have also caused lime prices to soar, analysts said.
About 35 percent of the establishments, including restaurants, diners and other eateries, that use limes in the capital have been affected by the spike in prices, Mexico City Retail, Services and Tourism Small Business Association president Gerardo Lopez said.