Last week, Mexican officials suspended imports from thirty U.S. processors. They too cited issues of unsanitary factory conditions and the move led to a sharp drop in U.S. cattle and hog prices on Friday.
Though it may appear that the Mexican’s step was retaliatory, officials on both sides of the border deny it:
The U.S. Agriculture Department has been working with Mexican authorities and U.S. meat shippers to resolve concerns about shipments from certain U.S. meat plants, a spokeswoman said on Friday.Mexico recently joined Canada in filing a World Trade Organization complaint against U.S. meat regulations.
But Mexico's suspension of purchases from 30 U.S. meat plants was not done to retaliate against the U.S. country-of-origin labeling law, known as COOL, said Amanda Eamich of the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service.
Online Sources- The Latin Americanist, Reuters, chron.com