Russia finds E. coli in pork, bans imports from 2 Iowa plants

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By DAN PILLER • • June 6, 2009

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Russia has banned pork imported from Tyson Foods plants at Waterloo and Columbus Junction in Iowa.

The Russian meat plant oversight group Rossel-khoznadzor said Thursday that E. coli bacteria was found in some meat from the plants.

Tyson spokesman Gary Mickelson said the company is working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Russian officials to resolve the matter.

"We have very few details about the Russian plant de-listings," Mickelson said in a statement. "We're confident about the safety of our pork products."

Russia has banned pork from nine U.S. states because of concerns about H1N1 virus, formerly known as swine flu, but had not banned pork from the Iowa plants, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

"All of our fresh pork operations are federally inspected and have government inspectors on hand every moment they're in operation," the Tyson statement said.

"In addition, we have our own quality assurance staff on the job. We will be working with USDA and Russian officials to resolve this trade situation as quickly as possible."



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