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Agriculture

Russia bans pork from five U.S. plants -USDA

CHICAGO,, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Russia has banned imports of pork from five U.S. meat plants beginning Dec. 15, the U.S. Agriculture Department said on Tuesday.

No reason was given for the bans in the USDA report.

The five plants include three owned by Smithfield Foods Inc SFD.N, and one by Tyson Foods Inc TSN.N. The fifth is Sioux-Preme Packing Co in Sioux Center, Iowa.

The Smithfield plants are in Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Sioux City, Iowa; and Tar Heel, North Carolina, the latter being the largest pork plant in the world.

The Tyson plant is Madison, Nebraska.

Reporting by Bob Burgdorfer; Editing by David Gregorio

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