Mexico has lifted a ban on imports of pork from Smithfield Packing Co.’s Tar Heel, N.C., slaughterhouse, according to The announcement was made on USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service web site.

The ban, imposed Aug. 13, was applied to product produced through Sept. 12 “because it was found to be off-conditioned during their port-of-entry inspection.” according to a government source.

Mexico, the source said, determined on Sept. 12 that the plant’s corrective action was acceptable. As a result, the Tar Heel plant can resume shipments of pork produced after that date, FSIS said.

In a separate action, Mexico has applied a tariff on the country’s pork imports from the United States as a result of a North American Free Trade Agreement trucking dispute. Mexico is the second largest market for U.S. pork - totaling $762 million in 2009. 

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