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China to Lift Restrictions on U.S. Pork-Processing Plants

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Pigs stand in a trailer in Illinois.
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China, the world’s biggest consumer of pork, agreed to resume imports of the meat from 14 U.S. plants and warehouses, ending restrictions that had been in place, in some cases for more than year.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Thursday it reached an accord permitting supplies from six processing factories and eight cold-storage facilities. Facilities owned by JBS SA and Smithfield Foods Inc. were among those reinstated.