Russian ban on 30 US pork and poultry facilities
The top export market for US pork and chicken, Russia,
has imposed a ban on October 18 on pork and poultry imports from 30 US
processing plants and storage facilities.
Following inspections by Russian officials last summer, a number
of companies have been singled out for decertification.
Among the pork processors, the following are on the banned
list: Albert Lea Select Foods; Amity Packing Co.; Fulton Market; Hormel Foods
Corp.; Quality Pork Processors; Rupari Food Service; Sioux-Preme Pork Products;
and Swift & Co.
In 2006, the US increased its pork exports to Russia following an outbreak of
foot-and-mouth disease in Brazil which was hitherto Russia's main pork supplier.
US pork exports increased 105% in volume from 2005 to 82,677metric tons. The
value also increased 127% during this period to US$164m.
Upon conducting its own investigation under the terms of an existing
agreement with Russia, the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has
the authority to re-certify those facilities in due course.
â€¢ Food Safety and Inspection Service
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