Searching for pork markets
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Springdale, Arkansas-based Tyson Foods, Inc. is content to take its pork elsewhere in light of the fallout over a recent Chinese ban on pork produced in the United States.
China recently implemented an export ban on US pork from six processing plants and six cold storage facilities over the use of ractopamine, a feed additive. China requires third-party verification that US pork products are ractopamine-free.
"We’re confident about the safety and quality of our pork and will work with the USDA to try to resolve China’s concerns," the company said in a statement. "In the meantime, we’ll find other markets for our products."
The US Department of Agriculture announced the ban and published a list of companies affected by the action. The list includes:
Quality Pork Processors, Inc., Austin, Minn.; Cloverleaf Cold Storage of Fairmont, Fairmont, Minn.; Frozen Assets Cold Storage, Chicago; Triumph Foods, St. Joseph, Mo.; Nor-Am Cold Storage, Inc., St. Joseph, Mo.; Millard Refrigerated Services, Edwardsville, Kan.; Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc. facilities in Perry, Iowa and Storm Lake, Iowa; and Tyson Fresh Meats in Logansport, Ind.; Hanson Cold Storage Co., Logansport, Ind.; Hormel Foods Corp., Fremont, Neb.; and Americold Logistics LLC, Fremont, Neb.
China is the United States' third-largest market for pork exports. In 2013, the US exported to China/Hong Kong 417,306 metric tons of pork, including variety meat, with a value of $903 million, according to the US Meat Export Federation.