US and Mexican facilities approved for export

by Editor
Monday, December 08, 2008

The United States and Mexico have reached an agreement on approving a significant number of meat processing and storage facilities for export.

The U.S. Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) and Mexico’s food safety agency, SAGARPA, have been involved in ongoing discussions over the past 18 months to resolve this issue.

In the U.S., discussions have involved 109 U.S. meat industry facilities, of which 52 have now been approved for export and another 57 facilities that are expected to be approved in the coming week.

SAGARPA’s list of approved facilities can be seen at:

This action comes on the heels of approval by SAGARPA of administrative changes at 32 U.S. facilities. These administrative changes, which might involve plant name changes or other paperwork issues, had the potential to create export delays at the border.

In Mexico, 13 facilities have been approved, although four of those approvals are pending corrective action. This will bring the total of Mexican meat facilities approved for exporting to the United States to more than 30.