by Tom Polansek
CHICAGO (Reuters) – Mexico has authorized Smithfield Foods’ North Carolina pork factory, the world’s largest, to resume shipments of products after blocking the unit two months ago for quality reasons, according to the Department of Agriculture United States (USDA).
Smithfield’s Tar Heel plant has again been authorized to export pork produced to Mexico from Aug. 6, the USDA said in a statement on Monday. Meat produced between June 16 and August 5 cannot be shipped, the agency said.
Mexico stopped accepting shipments from the factory on June 16, which hurt US industry.
Smithfield, owned by the Hong Kong-listed WH Group, said the problem was not related to the company or its facilities, but rather to a third-party company.
Between April and June 16, Mexican inspectors on the US-Mexico border rejected three loads from the Tar Heel unit, as well as from another carrier Rava Forwarding.
(By Tom Polansek)
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