Trade representatives from the United States and Russia are in talks to outline a more judicious process to use when Moscow determines it needs to ban imports from U.S. meat plants.
It's not uncommon for Russia ban U.S. meat plants from exporting product to the country based on what it deems to be technicalities related to residues or export certificates. The most recent disruption involved Russia ending all meat imports from several U.S. states because of Type A H1N1 concerns. This action occurred even though world health officials repeated and vehemently emphasized that humans cannot contract the influenza virus from eating pork.
At last week's World Animal Health Organization, U.S. and Russian officials discussed options that Meatingplace.com reports included Russia would not delist a U.S. plant until it completed a 90-day investigative period in which Moscow could verify test results and take corrective steps
Russia is the No. 1 export market for U.S. poultry and a growing market for U.S. pork and beef.