Russia Bans Import Of U.S. Chicken, Pork

Russia has banned the import of chicken and pork from 30 U.S. facilities in the wake of a midsummer audit. Russia has not disclosed what, if anything, the audits uncovered, according to a concerned spokesman from the USA Poultry and Egg Export Council.

All of the banned poultry plants were major suppliers of U.S. poultry to Russia and are some of the most efficient facilities in the country, the export council said.

At least three of the poultry plants participate in a model U.S. Agriculture Department program to improve the efficiency of meat and poultry inspections and improve food safety, the council said.

The U.S. poultry industry has about 100 chicken plants and the loss of the 17 processing plants should not greatly disrupt business, said Paul Aho, an economist with the consulting firm Poultry Perspective.

“Russia banning us is not good news. But, it doesn’t really influence things too much. There are 100 plants or more and the others ones can send it to Russia,” said Aho.

Russia is the second largest export market for U.S. poultry. The USDA will re-inspect and approve the slaughterhouses on Russia’s behalf as soon as Russia shares the shortcomings of our little chicks and piggies.

Russia to ban some U.S. chicken/pork [Reuters]
(Photo: nukeit1)


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  1. mattbrown says:

    we actually have exports in this country still?

  2. starrion says:

    Outside of Boeing, only those that employ illegal immigrants.

  3. charmaniac says:

    Anyone notice that Russia is heating up its rhetoric against the United States. Awesome foreign policy there, Bush.

  4. azntg says:

    We have a message for the United States of America! Late 19th – Early 20th century just called and it wants its protectionist tariffs and isolationism back!

  5. Adam291 says:

    America should turn into a state-version of John Galt and tell the rest of the world to go screw themselves. We provide so much, and only get crap for it. Granted, we do stupid stuff as well, (a lot of stupid stuff) but anything good we do is ignored. Screw you, rest-of-the-world. Come find us when you all collapse.

  6. ElizabethD says:

    Wow. Kruschev banged his shoe on a podium; now Putin goes after US poultry. Russia has come a long way in international diplomacy, baby!

  7. andrewsmash says:

    Considering how many times in the past a second- or third-world country has looked at American food processing and “Wow, now that’s nasty,” I think it’s time to admit that corporate “efficiency” are not conductive to food production.

  8. Darren666 says:

    @Adam291: Who says it will not be America that collapses and cries to the rest of the world for help?

    The economy looks pretty sour right now and our military is stretched and spent.

  9. Antediluvian says:

    @mattbrown: The US actually exports RICE to Japan (among other places).
    The US is actually the 3rd largest rice exporter in the world (after Thailand and Viet Nam). []
    From stats I found here []
    most of our rice goes to Mexico, Japan, Canada, and Haiti (rank varies, stats from late 1990’s to 2001).

    It’s amazing how much rice the US actually grows.

    Mmmmmm… smoked chicken and rice…..

  10. chartrule says:


    according to the CIA the world factbook

    US produces 7.61 million bbl/day of oil
    US consumes 20.73 million bbl/day of oil

    US produces 531.1 billion cu m of natural gas
    US consumes 635.1 billion cu m of natural gas

    I can go on and on in addition to the United States of America having a debt of $10.04 trillion

    you might want to rethink your first post

  11. chartrule says:

    that was in response to Adam291 first post but I can’t seem to get the @followed by a name to light up

  12. Adam291 says:

    It wouldn’t be an overnight thing. Energy independence would take 20+ years. And I wasn’t exactly serious in that statement either.

    The point is, we’ve grown dependent on the worst and weakest nations on the planet, and that has hurt and overshadowed our credibility and image. Why did we allow China to control our debt and dominate trade? Why do we depend on poor, weak nations like those in SE Asia and Central America to make everything we buy? Why have we tied our foreign policies on abusive and repressive dictatorships in the Middle East?

    Obviously our spineless politicians and corporations are bad at picking who we’re dependent on, so we shouldn’t be dependent on anyone.

  13. timmus says:

    At least three of the poultry plants participate in a model U.S. Agriculture Department program to improve the efficiency of meat and poultry inspections and improve food safety, the council said.

    I like how efficiency is implied as being congruent with safety.

  14. pyloff says:

    I pray that my “food system” has efficiency. What else could be important to me besides the efficiency of my food system.

    PR for the lose.

  15. hanbush says:

    it’s smoking a newport!
    ghetto chicken…

  16. JAYEONE says:

    GREAT picture for this article, btw. I hope no chickens were harmed in the taking of this photo.

  17. Dr.Ph0bius says:

    @Adam291: I dont know if a majority of Americans understand what our National Debt is… in fact Im sure many dont, but your plan is flawed in the fact that the $10+ trillion dollar debt in this country is basically $10+ trillion dollars we borrowed from and owe to China.

    Telling the world to “go screw themselves” is a pipe dream.

    The concept of national borders are something used to quiet “the rest of us.” Major companies and governments are dealing worldwide. Europe has the Euro, Bush and Mexicos President Jackson recently discussed the possibility of an “Amero” for South America and the U.S. and probably Canada eventually… we are moving toward a world currency and a world economy.

    Isolationism isnt an option.

  18. GitEmSteveDave says:

    @JAY1937: Better to be IN flavor country than to actually BE flavor country.

  19. Sestos says:

    It would not surprise me if they did find something wrong. The USDA does not protect consumer’s as much as it does the meat packing industry.

    Being efficient has nothing to do with healthy or even clean processing. The only reason the problem was not discovered here is that the Russian’s were performing a secondary check. Saddly their is no check left, USDA only inspects a small % of food and even then its in their interest to pass items.

    I find that faults with the idea that food is safe just because with blast it with some radition, never mind the fecal matter all over the bird… sure its safe to eat at that point, but its still shit.

  20. m0unds says:

    I’d love to know what was wrong with the poultry being shipped to Russia to have them halt imports. Of course, we’ll probably never know.

  21. Grrrrrrr, now with two buns made of bacon. says:

    @JAY1937: Smoked chicken?

  22. DrGirlfriend says:

    xenophobes! :/

  23. pkrieger says:

    I read in another article on the subject that Russia did this as a statement against local chicken prices – which in Russia are very large. Man, first Russia gets Communism wrong, now basic principles of economics such as supply and demand.
    Now to address some of the other comments: I fail to see how the president is so blame for any hypothetical manufacturing defaults – or for Russia’s erratic behavior. Efficecy is related to food saftey because most programs try to mechanize processes to remove human error – the largest source of contamination. And we don’t irradiate meat in this country – yet.

  24. DTWD says:

    That is one badass chicken.

  25. “some of the most efficient facilities in the country”

    …They could have picked better words, don’t you think? Like, safest, or cleanest? I can see being irate about banning products from THOSE, but, “most efficient”? Wouldn’t doing shady things make a factory more efficient?

    “Eat this! It comes from one of the most EFFICIENT factories in the U.S.!”


    Yeah, it’s a nitpick, but it caught my eye.

  26. Beerad says:

    @GitEmSteveDave: That might be the best comment I’ve ever read on the Consumerist.

  27. rmz says:

    Hey, it’s a c***smoker.

  28. Nemesis_Enforcer says:

    How many people died in Russia last year from Counterfit Vodka…? Mabe they should watch thier own yard before bitchin about the neighbors..

  29. Beerad says:

    @Nemesis_Enforcer: To be fair, that’s a bit like saying “Hey, the US can’t even keep its local manufactured product from causing injury, so why worry about lead-contaminated goods from China?”

  30. waxigloo says:

    “Hey, it’s a c***smoker.”

    Hilarious. You beat me to it.

  31. Nemesis_Enforcer says:

    @Beerad: I agree.