Russia Lifts Ban on U.S. Pork


Russia and the United States have reached an agreement paving the way for shipments of U.S. pork products to resume, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Friday.

USDA and the U.S. Trade Representative’s office have been in negotiations with the Russian Veterinary Service since December 2009, when Russia notified USDA it would restrict pork shipments from 13 U.S. pork plants that accounted for more than 90 percent of U.S. pork exports to Russia.

The talks resulted in development of a new veterinary certificate to ensure U.S. pork exports meet specific Russian microbiological and tetracycline-group antibiotic residue requirements, USDA said.

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