October 25, 2013
Los Angeles Times, 10/24/2013
Mexico has blocked imports of Foster Farms chicken from three Central California processing facilities linked to an outbreak of salmonella. The Mexican government told the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Tuesday that it was removing from its list of approved exporters two Foster Farms plants in Fresno and one in Livingston, where the poultry company is headquartered.
The blocked three plants were identified by the USDA as the likely origins of a salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least 338 people across the U.S. since March.
August 3, 2012
Mexico raided the U.S. corn market by making the biggest one-day purchase in over two decades this week, the first clear sign of global anxiety over the decimated U.S. crop.
Mexico, the No 2 importer of U.S. corn after Japan, bought 1.516 million tonnes, the U.S. Agriculture Department said on Thursday, a move traders said could touch off a frenzy of buying by other countries who have been caught flatfooted by the worst U.S. drought in 56 years.
December 29, 2008
Mexico has lifted meat-import restrictions on at least 19 U.S. slaughterhouses, after earlier banning their shipments, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said today in an e-mail statement. Five other plants will probably be recertified after the USDA sends plans to Mexico for resuming imports, according to the statement from Laura Reiser, a spokeswoman from the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.
Last week, Mexico banned purchases of pork, beef and poultry from about 30 U.S. plants because of failure to meet import standards. They included facilities owned by Tyson Foods Inc., the largest U.S.-based meat producer, and Smithfield Foods Inc., the world’s largest hog producer.