USDA issued a list of 20 meat plants previously delisted by Mexico, that have been re-approved for export. Products from these plants slaughtered, cut, processed or packed before Dec. 23 and after Dec. 26 are now eligible for export:

  • Cargill Meat Solutions plant in Beardstown, Ill.
  • Tyson Fresh Meats plant in Storm Lake, Iowa
  • Tyson Fresh Meats plant in Perry, Iowa
  • Tyson Fresh Meats plant in Waterloo, Iowa
  • Tyson Foods plant in Vernon, Texas
  • Tyson Processing Services plant in Omaha, Neb.
  • National Beef Packing plant in Dodge City, Kan.
  • Swift Beef plant in Hyrum, Utah
  • Swift Pork plant in Louisville, Ky.
  • Farmland Foods plant in Crete, Neb.
  • Sioux-Preme Packing plant in Sioux City, Iowa
  • Sioux-Preme Packing plant in Sioux Center, Iowa
  • Pine Ridge Farms plant in Des Moines, Iowa
  • Farbest Foods plant in Huntingburg, Ind.
  • Butterball plant in Carthage, Mo.
  • Smithfield Packing plant in Tarheel, N.C.
  • Southwest Food Processing & Refrig. Service in El Paso, Texas
  • Ramarc Foods plant in Chicago
  • Triumph Foods plant in St. Joseph, Mo.
  • I M Consultants plant in San Antonio

USDA also listed one additional plant that Mexico delisted, effective Dec. 23, as Cargill Meat Solutions plant in Ottumwa, Iowa.

More recently, the following five plants also have been reinstated:

  • Tyson Fresh Meats plant in Columbus Junction, Iowa
  • Moyer Packing Company plant in Souderton, Penn.
  • Trim-Rite Food plant in Carpenterville, Ill.
  • John Morrell and Co. plant in Sioux City, Iowa
  • Seaboard Foods plant in Guymon, Okla.

U.S. and Mexican officials will meet Jan. 5 to discuss a proposal by Mexico to ban shipments of U.S meat products in large containers called combos, a USDA spokeswoman told

According to a notice sent by the U.S. Meat Export Federation to meat processors, Mexico would only allow shipments of carcasses, half carcasses and pieces when packaged in boxes or pallets. "We haven't seen a lot of justification or explanation for why Mexico wants to make this change, and we are hoping the meeting next week will help provide further information," says USMEF communications director Joe Schuele.

USDA asked USMEF to gather information volume and shipment details from processors ahead of the Jan. 5 meeting.

Changing the packaging and shipping method would raise costs both for U.S. packers and Mexican processors, according the CME Group's Daily Livestock Report. Combo containers, which can contain 2,000 pounds of product, reduce labor and disposal costs. A large portion of U.S. hams, bellies and trim shipped to Mexico are currently packaged in combos.

"We are hoping we can either persuade Mexico to give us more time to prepare for this change or reconsider it," said Schuele.