Russia bans imports from 3 US chicken plants

24-03-2009 | |

Russian trade officials have announced that as of 27 March, it will stop receiving imports from several chicken processing plants in Louisiana, Mississippi and Georgia, following the discovery of drug residue in chicken.

Inspectors have reportedly uncovered antibiotics and anti-parasitic drugs in chicken from a Sanderson Farms plant in Hammond, La., a Peco Foods facility in Canton, Miss., and a Tyson Foods plant in Cumming, Ga. All 3 companies are looking into these charges.

It was not known how long the bans will be in place.

“FSIS has requested information from Russia. We will then work with the establishments to determine if in fact the antibiotics and anti-parasitics were used and will then take appropriate actions,” said a spokeswoman at USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), Bryn Margaret Burkard.

Source: Reuters

Natalie Berkhout Freelance journalist