Russia Steps Up Ban on Almost All U.S. Pork Imports

Citing “drug residue” problems in shipments from U.S. pork producers, Russia has now banned imports of most pork produced in the United States by gradually disqualifying all but a handful of production plants, according to U.S. industry and government officials interviewed by Dow Jones newswires (see earlier article).

As of yesterday, Russia has now banned pork produced in 20 slaughterhouses owned by such companies as Smithfield Foods, Hatfield Quality Meats, Pork King Packing and Tyson Foods, the wire service says, citing a list maintained by USDA. Seven more pork-processing facilities have been disqualified in less than a month, effectively eliminating the remaining U.S. facilities that can export to Russia, the number five market for U.S. pork. Read More >