Another bad day for meat, the USDA has halted meat imports from Mexico while United States officials check to ensure plants comply with U.S. sanitary regulations. Reuters reports:
Amanda Eamich, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Agriculture Department's Food Safety and Inspection Service, said on Friday that Mexico informed U.S. authorities on August 29 it was suspending exports voluntarily.
"While they're implementing the corrective action that they identified, (last) Friday they said they would self-suspend and stop shipping all meat and processed poultry products to the U.S.," Eamich said.
The export suspension came after USDA inspectors in Mexico revoked exporting licenses from seven pork and beef processing plants in recent weeks due to concerns about hygiene.
The decision by Mexican authorities to stop exports of all meat, including chicken, will give inspectors time to inspect plants one by one on a systematic basis, said Enrique Dominguez, the head of Mexico's pork producers association.
"Mexican sanitary officials suspended certifications to export all types of meat to the United States," Dominguez told Reuters.
"In reality, what the USDA is doing is putting in doubt Mexico's sanitary inspection system," he said.
This is a good thing, given meat’s track record lately. Just this summer there has been 3 major meat recalls. Remember these: