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Russia Lifts Import Ban on U.S. Pork; FSIS Issues Revised List of Plants Eligible for Export

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

(American Meat Institute)

In light of Russia‚Äôs announcement that it is lifting a months-long ban of U.S. pork products, Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has published a revised list of plants eligible to export pork and pork products to Russia. 

To view this listing, click here: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Frame/FrameRedirect.asp?main=http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OFO/export/lrupork.htm.

The export requirements to ship pork to Russia can be found at the FSIS Export Library: http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1103245393993&s=1609&e=001Tmn3WT2NT94nbARv3Pc2UueyBHPYIEqaXmokZd5LGgkZtFmqBWTHYzbk_Sep5HwQ1jR_uESwX35Q1jnGhZrmu2huVclzVBNtCLKRRlHoaUoC2d5W_ZUalbabusdMESJcyn5X3HHPzYRBj3PWdGhaTcQsQG10uM8q28Z3infCNntwBvd79KbQk-Rh-H_1gce7.

Under these requirements, eligible pork and pork byproducts must be produced under an approved Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Export Verification (EV) program for pork to Russia to ensure that Russia's tetracycline and microbiological standards are being met.

There remains a discrepancy between the FSIS list of eligible cold storage plants and those cold storage plants listed by Russia.  Please note that in order to be eligible to export pork to Russia, the cold storage plant must be listed on the FSIS website.  FSIS and AMS are requiring any establishment handling unpackaged product conduct microbiological testing because of the potential for contamination.

Any questions regarding the requirements for lab testing can be directed to Dr. Lingsu Zhang, program manager, USDA, AMS, S&T, Technical Services Branch at Lingsu.Zhang@ams.usda.gov.

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