Suspended Mexican meat shipments to the U.S.

by Editor
Tuesday, September 16, 2008

On the 29 August 2008, the Mexican government voluntarily suspended shipments of meat and processed poultry to the U.S.

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service conducted an annual audit between 24 June 2008 and 31 July 2008, where inspectors identified systematic problems with sanitation controls and record keeping in Mexican meat and poultry processing plants.

Since then, the temporary suspension has reportedly been lifted, with meat shipments to the U.S. expected to resume next week. The Mexican government has reportedly told the Meat Council in Mexico to resume issuance of export permits this week.

Meat and poultry products from Mexico accounted for 2.41% of total US meat and poultry imports in 2007 – a total of 41,466 tonnes cwt were imported.

Mexican beef shipments to the U.S. in 2007 totalled 22,532 tonnes cwt, with exports so far this year (January to June) totaling 12,517 tonnes cwt.