Mexico blocks pork shipments from world's biggest hog plant in US

Mexico blocked all shipments from the world's largest pork plant in North Carolina due to concerns about the quality of hog skins from the Smithfield Foods facility, the company said on 21 June.
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The press office for Mexico's Agriculture Ministry said health safety agency Senasica was reviewing the matter. The office said it could not confirm the agency's role, if any, in the plant becoming ineligible to ship products to Mexico.

Smithfield, the world's biggest pork processor, has multiple US plants and could ship pork to Mexico from facilities other than Tar Heel if necessary, said Steve Meyer, economist for consultancy Partners for Production Agriculture.

"I don't get real worried about one plant on a multi-plant firm, even though it's still not a good thing," Meyer said.

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