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Acting Administrator Mark Mina
USDA'S Food Safety and Inspection Service

June 3, 1999


        "Effective today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service is holding all imports from the European Union of chicken and pork and products that contain chicken or pork. We are also reviewing product imported since January to determine what, if any, additional action may be necessary. We are acting today in response to information we received yesterday from the Belgian government.

        "These are precautionary steps. Americans enjoy the safest food supply in the world and we are committed to protecting it."



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