CRETE, Neb. – Smithfield Foods’ Farmland pork plant in Crete has been delisted as a pork exporter to Russia after a shipment was found to be contaminated with Salmonella. According to the Lincoln Journal Star, the plant will be prohibited from shipping meat to Russia as of Jan. 4.

A Food Safety and Inspection Service representative said Salmonella was found in a shipment of pork gel exported to Russia by Farmland.

Russian worries about quality problems with individual plants are likely more about politics than food, livestock consultant John Harrington told the Journal Star.