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Russia will ban some U.S. poultry

August 30, 2008|From Times Wire Services

Russia, the top market for U.S. chicken exports, said it would ban poultry from at least 19 plants that it said ignored warnings about inspections.

Companies affected, including Springdale, Ark.-based Tyson Foods Inc., vowed to right any wrongs if need be. The industry's trade group said it had been expecting Russia to reduce imports anyway as the country's own production rises.

Plants affected include at least two owned by Tyson; two owned by Sanderson Farms Inc., the nation's fourth-largest chicken producer; and a Jennie-O Turkey plant owned by Hormel Foods Inc.

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