Russia bans beef and re-lists pork

Russia bans beef and re-lists pork

Russia has banned imports of ground beef produced in the state of Kansas by Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. following the company's recall due to concerns of E. coli contamination. Smithfield Foods Inc.'s Tar Heel, N.C., pork plant was re-listed for exports of pork to that country.

A Tyson spokesman said the company could not confirm whether a ban had been imposed in the moment, because Tyson did not receive an official confirmation.

Emporia, Kansas-based Tyson Fresh Meats recalled approximately 131,300 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 and related to an illness outbreak.
Russian news agency ITAR-TASS carried a report saying Rospotrebnadzor was imposing stricter controls over meat products imported from the United States in the wake of the Tyson recall but did not say that any products had been specifically banned.

USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service said that product produced at the world's largest pork plant on or after Sept. 12 can be shipped to Russia.

Moscow suspended imports from Tar Heel a year ago on claims that inspectors found excessive amounts of antibiotics in them. An FSIS spokesman at the time confirmed drug residue issues.
Source: Tyson Fresh Meats Inc.; Smithfield Foods Inc.