Mexico Lifts Meat Import Restrictions for Some Plants

USDA says at least 19 plants can start shipping product back into the country.

Mexico is lifting meat-import restrictions on at least 19 U.S. slaughterhouses, after an earlier ban, Bloomberg reports. Five other plants will probably be certified after USDA sends plans to Mexico for resuming imports.

Last week, Mexico banned purchases of pork, beef and poultry from about 30 U.S. plants claiming a failure to meet import standards. They included facilities owned by Tyson Foods, and Smithfield Foods.

A USDA spokesperson notes that the issues triggering the action by Mexico were not food-safety concerns, but were quality or technical issues.


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