Pork and poultry shipments to China will now slow even further than they already have this year. The country has de-listed three U.S. pork and two U.S. poultry plants, according to USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service.

As of this week, the pork facilities that are suspended from exporting product to China include:

  • Smithfield Packing Co., Tar Heel, N.C.
  • John Morrell & Co., Sioux City, Iowa
  • Seaboard Foods, Guymon, Okla.
As for the poultry plants, China will not accept product from these two plants:
  • Equity Group-Ky. Division, Albany, Ky.
  • Mountaire Farms-Delmarva, Selbyville, Del.
According to a report from Meatingplace.com, an FSIS spokesperson said the Chinese report the suspensions are a result of "multiple detections" of "chemical drug residues and epidemic pathogens."

"Details are still being translated, so we have no further information at this time," FSIS indicated.

Meanwhile, Mexico has suspended imports from pork and deli meats purveyor Heritage Acres Foods LLC, Pleasant Hope, Mo.

That particular facility had been de-listed in May and re-listed in June. However, FSIS said that Mexican authorities examining products from the facility found critical deficiencies in two separate loads at two separate entry ports. That caused them to de-list the plant again.

Source: Meatingplace.com