Russia has reinstated Smithfield Foods’ Tar Heel, N.C., and Clinton, N.C., pork plants as eligible exporters, according to Meatingplace.com. However, after Aug. 26, Smithfield’s Farmland Foods facilities in Milan, Mo., and Denison, Iowa will no longer be eligible to export to Russia.



Russia banned pork shipments from Smithfield’s Tar Heel, N.C., and Clinton, N.C., plants in late July and early August, respectively. A government source told Meatingplace at the time that USDA believed the problem resulted from a misreading of certificate provisions.



Moscow also suspended Seaboard’s Guymon, Okla., plant last month.



These establishments had been re-listed as eligible exporters to Russia in March. They were among a list of U.S. pork exporters banned by Russia based on what that country called protocol violations discovered during a previous industry-wide audit.



Source: Meatingplace.com