News Pensacola

Frozen chicken ban impacts Gulf Coast ports

January 25, 2010

Russia last week banned chicken imports from the U.S. At issue is the chlorine bath American producers use to disinfect slaughtered poultry. Of the $729.5 million in chicken sent from the U.S. to Russia from January through November 2009, more than $512 million worth moved through either Mobile ($262.6 million) or Pascagoula ($251.6 million.) Not mention in the Mobile Press Register is the Port of Pensacola, where Pate Stevedore has a warehouse lease for frozen chickens. Pate’s contract was extended and expanded in Jan. 2009 by the old city council before it left office.

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