Russia has now cleared 25 of the 26 plants previously deemed eligible for poultry exports, said the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
About half of the plants had been given the go-ahead as of last week. "We continue to work with the Russians, continue to negotiate and discuss with them the next steps," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. In 2009, the United States shipped a total of 733,000 tons of poultry meat to Russia. This year's quota was at 600,000 tons, but Russia has given a quarter of that to other suppliers.