Russian officials have announced that they will remove some U.S. states from the pork import/export ban following the Type A H1N1 influenza outbreak.
Among the U.S. states that Russia had pulled from the market, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Michigan, have not been reinstated. Of course those are not large pork producing or processing states.
However, Russia's animal and plant health watchdog also has relaxed a ban on Illinois, reports Meatingplace.com. The country will restrict only imports of live pigs and uncooked pork, according to a Reuters report from Moscow. Other states receiving similar treatment involving live pigs and raw pork are Florida, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and Utah.
Russia continues to hold bans on general meat imports, not just pork, from Mexico, Central American and Caribbean states, as well as the state of Wisconsin.