Russian ban on 30 US poultry and pork 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 in mid-2007, a number of companies have been singled out for
Facilities certified to export
poultry and owned by the following companies now are included on the ineligible
list, according to the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS): Americold
Logistics; Choctaw Maid Farms; Millard Refrigerated Service; Mountaire Farms;
Nordic; Peco Foods; Sanderson Farms; Simmons Foods; Stanford Refrigerated
Warehouses; Sylvest Farms; and Tyson Foods.
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.
Russia is the largest export
market for US chicken. In August, the country purchased 40% of all US chicken
US Department of Agriculture
Food Safety and Inspection
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