Mexico Lifts Meat Import Suspension From 20 Plants

MILWAUKEE (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture Web site says Mexico has lifted its suspension of meat imports from 20 of 30 processing plants that the country banned imports from last week.

The list of eligible plants includes some of the nation's largest meat producers, including Tyson Foods in Springdale, Arkansas.

The plants are in several states, including Illinois, Kansas, Iowa, Utah, Nebraska, Kentucky, Texas, Indiana, and Missouri.

The 20 plants can now export to Mexico products packed before December 23rd or after last Friday.

Last week, the USDA said Mexico officials told them the country had concerns about the general condition of meat products, sanitation issues and possible pathogens. It was not immediately clear why Mexico reversed its decision.

A USDA spokesman did not immediately return a call for comment.

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