Import ban for Smithfield plant lifted

by Editor
Friday, June 04, 2010

After suspending imports from the Smithfield plant in Tar Heel, N.C. in August 2009, the Chinese government lifted its ban now.

The orginal ban counted for products packed on or after May 17, 2010. According to USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) this ban has been cancelled effective immediately.

The suspension from last August against five U.S. pork facilities was in place for the detection of chemical drug residues among other things. The import bans on ten different plants by other owners remains.

The same notice stated also, that pork and pork products with pack dates on or after March 24, 2010, are fit for exports to China as well.

The details can be found here.