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Russia Approves Additional U.S. Beef Plants

Friday, February 15, 2008

(American Meat Institute)

Russia on Thursday authorized imports of beef from five additional U.S. processors.  These included plants from JBS-Swift & Co., Tyson Fresh Meats and National Beef Packing Co. This now brings the total number of beef plants and cold storage operations approved for export to Russia to 26.  

For details of the plant listing, go to the Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) Web site at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/Frame/FrameRedirect.asp?main=http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OFO/export/lrubeef.htm.  

Russia allows imports of beef and beef products from animals under 30 months of age. The beef and beef byproducts must be derived from cattle raised in the United States and must be processed in a manner to prevent contamination with brain, spinal cord, eyes, skull and vertebral column regardless of the age of the animal. Eligible beef and beef byproducts must be produced under an approved AMS Export Verification (EV) program for beef to Russia. For more information about the EV program for Russia go to http://www.ams.usda.gov/lsg/arc/bev.htm.

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