Senator Fernando Castro of the Institutional Revolutionary Party representing the state of Baja California has proposed that U.S. table eggs be banned from importation into Mexico, ostensibly as a result of the Wright County Eggs recall.

However, table eggs are not currently imported on any scale into Mexico from the U.S. Notwithstanding this reality, events such as those which have unfolded in Iowa in recent weeks have sullied the reputation of intensive livestock production. The recall has even stimulated opposition to importation of U.S. poultry into the Russian Federation.


Although there is no direct connection between table egg production and broiler meat, intensified surveillance on U.S. exports will be implemented. Given the zero tolerance for salmonella imposed by Russia, it is likely that the Wright County episode will have untoward effects on U.S. shipments of poultry meat.