Russia has suspended imports of all meat from Mexico and the U.S. states of Texas, California and Kansas shipped after April 21 on fears of the spread of swine flu, the Russian government's veterinary watchdog said in an announcement posted on its Web site, according to Meatingplace.com.



The suspension also applies to pork shipped after April 21 from the U.S. states of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Florida, and the nations of Guatemala, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Nicaragua, Panama and El Salvador.



An outbreak of swine flu, or the H1N1 virus, is believed to have originated in Mexico last week, caused more than 80 deaths and sickened some 1,400 people in that country.



SOURCE: Meatingplace.com.