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is seeking alternative export markets for pork products, after China
implemented a ban on the import of pork products from several of Tyson’s pork
The USDA had
earlier announced that China was barring pork imports from six U.S. processing
plants and six cold storage facilities over the use of feed additiveractopamine,
according to aReuters report. China requires third-party verification that
U.S. pork imports are free of ractopamine.
spokesperson Gary Mickelson told the news agency that the company was confident
in the quality and safety of its pork products. Tyson is working with U.S.
government officials to try to resolve the trade issue. “In the meantime, we’ll
find other markets for our products,” said Mickelson.
pork products from multiple facilities
The Tyson Foods facilities mentioned
in the ban are located in Perry, Iowa; Storm Lake, Iowa; and Logansport,
Indiana. Other pork processing facilities mentioned in the ban are: Quality
Pork Processors, Austin Minnesota; Triumph Foods, St. Joseph, Missouri; andHormel Foods, Fremont, Nebraska.
China has also banned
pork products from the following cold storage facilities: Cloverleaf Cold
Storage, Fairmont, Minnesota; Frozen Assets Cold Storage, Chicago; Nor-Am Cold
Storage, St. Joseph, Missouri; Millard Refrigerated Services, Edwardsville,
Kansas; Hanson Cold Storage Company, Logansport, Indiana; and Americold
Logistics LLC, Fremont, Nebraska.