April 30, 2008


Russia bans pork imports from 4 US plants


Russia has banned US pork imports from two Tyson Fresh Meats plants and two Farmland Foods plants, starting from May 5 onwards, according to USDA.


Russia said it found the antibiotic tetracycline in the pork imports from the four plants, consisting of two Tyson Fresh Meat plants and two Farmland Foods plants.


The banned Tyson Fresh Meat plants are located in Storm Lake, Iowa, and Logansport, Indiana while the Farmland plants are in Crete, Nebraska, and Monmouth, Illinois.


Farmland Foods is a unit of Smithfield Foods, which is now currently investigating the ban along with Tyson and the US Meat Export Federation.


Russia is a leading market for US pork, accounting for about 9 percent of US pork exports this year.

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