Animal health services OKs pork from Chile

The nation’s animal health service says that pork imported from Chile is suitable for human consumption.

The service, the Servicio Nacional de Salud Animal, sent inspectors to Chile and rejected certification for three of the plants.

The decision comes at a time when pork producers here are complaining about imports.

The animal health service said that its labs checked pork being imported into the country for a variety of contaminants including Escherichia coli and salmonella. The news release Thursday was seen as a justification for the actions earlier this month in Chile.

The service said that six meat packers in Chile sought permission to export to Costa Rica, and two that applied for the first time were denied permission. Of the other four, the service did not renew the permission for one, it said.

The remaining three plants have 60 days to correct any deficiencies that inspectors may have found, said the service.

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