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·         US poultry plants approved for export to China





U.S. Edges Closer to Chinese Chicken Exports as Plants Approved


o   China approved shipments from 172 American chicken facilities

o   Tyson, Sanderson Farms are among the companies on the list


Bloomberg News

November 24, 2019 


The U.S. has moved closer to resuming lucrative chicken exports to China after more than a hundred American processing plants were given approval to ship to the Asian nation.


China authorized poultry imports from 172 facilities in the U.S. effective Friday, according to a notice on the nation’s customs website. Chicken giants Tyson Foods Inc., Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. and Sanderson Farms Inc. were among the companies making the list, according to a document published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.


The move comes after China lifted its ban on U.S. poultry shipments earlier this month as part of trade negotiations taking place between Washington and Beijing. The Asian nation banned U.S. poultry imports in 2015 following an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza, and kept the prohibition even after nearly all other nationwide bans had been removed.


American poultry exports to China are projected to top $1 billion a year, said U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. At their peak, annual poultry exports to China were worth $722 million for chicken and $71 million for turkey, according to the National Chicken Council, National Turkey Federation, USA Poultry and the Egg Export Council.


The resumption of exports would be a boon for U.S. chicken companies at a time when a deadly pig disease cuts pork output in China, boosting demand for protein imports by the world’s largest consumer. Even though the pig virus doesn’t affect humans, many Chinese people have opted to switch to chicken.


Other companies to receive approval included Perdue Foods LLC, Foster Farms, Wayne Farms LLC and Cargill Inc. Click here for the full list...


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US poultry plants approved for export to China


By Aidan Fortune, GlobalMeatNews



A list of 172 US poultry processing plants that have been approved to export to China has been published, moving the trade relationship a step further on.


The list, which includes plants run by poultry processing businesses such as Foster Farms, Perdue Foods, Pilgrim’s Pride, Tyson Foods and Sanderson Farms, has been published on the US Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service portal​. 


Earlier this month, China lifted the ban on the import of US poultry​ that had been in place since January 2015. The ban had been put in place due to an avian influence outbreak in the US.


At the peak of poultry trade between the US and China, the annual value of poultry exports was worth $71m for turkey and $722m for chicken.


Poultry trade bodies in the US estimate...


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