Pilgrim''s Pride Starts Packing Chicken for Russia
July 26, 2010
The Associated Press reports, Pilgrim''s Pride Corp. has started to pack chicken for export to Russia, the chicken producer said in a news release. The company said it has received formal approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to resume exports. The second largest importer of U.S. chicken in 2009, Russia enacted a ban last winter over safety concerns. But officials last month said they would lift the ban, which could push up prices and, in turn, profit for U.S. producers. Pilgrim''s Pride said USDA has approved exports to Russia from plants in Alabama and Texas. The two plants in Alabama have started packing product for Russia, while the Texas plant will resume production Monday, the company said. The company said under a new agreement with Russia it must replace a chlorinated rinse with other types of rinses, including hydrogen peroxide.