Mexico's suspension of imports from 30 U.S. meat processing plants which went into effect on Dec. 23 could be cancelled early this week, according to media reports. "If everything goes well, the plants could be re-listed next Monday," said Mexico's agriculture ministry on Friday.
The suspensions were prompted by miscellaneous findings including a range of issues at port of entry inspections including general condition of product, sanitation and possible pathogen findings, USDA spokeswoman Amanda Eamich told Meatingplace.com.
"Right up to and including the Christmas holidays, USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service has been working with industry and Mexican authorities to resolve their concerns," Eamich reported in an email.
Eamich disputed trade talk that the suspensions were connected to Mexico's action on Dec. 18 to join Canada in filing a complaint to the World Trade Organization opposing U.S. mandatory country of origin labeling.
"Speculation by traders about COOL would not be accurate. Countries would go through dispute settlement under either NAFTA or WTO and not use the action of plant-by-plant delistment," she said.