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FACTBOX: Countries slap bans on pork after flu outbreak

(Reuters) - Some countries concerned about the global spread of a new strain of swine flu have banned U.S., Canadian and Mexican pork, even though health officials said consumers could not contract the virus by eating pork.

Government officials have said the reasons for the bans are unsubstantiated, noting the virus is spread from person to person and has never been found in livestock.

The bans have cut U.S. pork exports by 8 to 12 percent and slowed buying from Mexico, an official from the U.S. Meat Export Federation said on Wednesday. [ID:nN29437716] Canadian pork exports also face restrictions.

Several countries have banned Mexican pork and swine exports, but Mexico is a net pork importer, and its pork exports go mainly to Japan and South Korea, which have not restricted meat imports.

RESTRICTIONS ON U.S. PORK EXPORTS:

* Russia - all meat (including beef and poultry) from California, Texas, New York; all pork from Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma and Florida

* China - pork and swine from California, Texas, Kansas, New York, Ohio

* South Korea - live swine, but not pork

* Kazakhstan - pork from Texas, California, Kansas

* Ukraine - swine, all pork and all products including pet food

* Serbia - raw pork and swine

* Croatia - pork and swine

* Thailand - pork, swine, swine genetics, hides and skins

* Philippines - all pork

* United Arab Emirates - all pork

* Indonesia - all pork

* Honduras - swine and pork

* Saint Lucia - pork, swine and pig semen

* Ecuador - all pork [ID:nN28318439]

* Dominican Republic - pork and swine

* El Salvador - pork, swine and byproducts

* Guatemala - swine and pork

* Honduras - swine and pork

SOURCES: U.S. Trade Representative, U.S. Agriculture Department, Ecuador agriculture department.

RESTRICTIONS ON CANADIAN PORK EXPORTS:

* Croatia - pork and swine

* El Salvador - pork

* Honduras - pork

* Japan - swine

* Philippines - pork and swine

* South Korea - swine

* Ukraine - pork and swine

SOURCES: Department of International Trade, Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Reporting by Roberta Rampton in Washington; Mica Rosenberg in Mexico City and Rod Nickel and Michael Hirtzer in Chicago; Editing by David Gregorio

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