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Mexico bans six U. S. meat plants

Mexico said Oct. 13 it had banned imports from six U. S. meat-processing plants, just weeks after U. S. Department of Agriculture officials shut down exports from some Mexican meat producers.

Mexican sanitary officials from the Agriculture Ministry conducted inspections in the United States and at the end of last week said six plants were no longer allowed to export meat.

The five beef plants represent 30 per cent of all the beef that enters Mexico, said Eugenio Salinas, president of the Mexico’s Meat Council. The other plant produces pork, he said.

“We hope this ban does not last more than eight to 10 days,” Salinas told Reuters and added that most of the problems found in the U. S. plants were administrative and not serious sanitary risks.

A Mexican government inspector told Reuters a Cargill Meat Solutions Corp. plant in Texas and a Tyson Fresh Meats Inc plant in Iowa were on the list of banned exporters.

The move by Mexican authorities came after U. S. officials found food safety violations at seven Mexican processing facilities in June and July and took away their exporting licences to the United States.

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