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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 decertification.

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 exports.


Related website:

US Department of Agriculture

Food Safety and Inspection Service

Americold Logistics

Mountaire Farms

Sylvest Farms

Tyson Foods

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