State Halts More U.S. Pork Shipments

The government is halting pork shipments from six more U.S. plants, after meat from the processors didn't pass import requirements.

Russia, the world's fourth-largest buyer of U.S. pork, won't accept shipments from the plants after Dec. 20, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said Thursday in an e-mailed statement. The country has stopped imports from 12 U.S. pork plants in the past two weeks, which makes a total of 16 facilities suspended in 2008, said Amanda Eamich, a spokeswoman for FSIS.

"The official letter to us was simply that they didn't comply to Russian requirements," Eamich said in a telephone interview from Washington. "We're going to continue communication with them, of course.

"We haven't received any additional information," she said.

On Dec. 2, the USDA said Russia would halt imports from six other plants.