Cheap US chicken threatens Vietnamese poultry industry
The availability this month of cheap US chicken has caused domestic
Vietnamese chicken prices to plummet. The industry says that newer technology
and the ability to export unused chicken parts cheaply have given the US an
While domestic chicken costs at around VND40-60,000 (US$2.5-3.75) per kg,
chicken from the US can be around half that price at VND32-34,000
An executive of Goodfood company, which imports chicken
from the US, said that they have imported chicken ever since January when
Vietnam opened the chicken market to countries free from bird-flu
Explaining the price difference between Vietnamese and US
products, Goodfood's executive said that the modern and technologically advanced
large-scale production facilities in the US simply have the edge over the
small-time household production in Vietnam.
However, Van Duc Muoi,
deputy of Vissan food company, cited the different food preferences of Americans
as the main reason.Muoi explained that Americans mostly use chicken breasts, but
don't eat other parts.
"That's why US importers usually keep the
breast meat for domestic distribution while exporting other parts at lower
price," Muoi said.
The price of a whole imported US chicken is equal
or higher than price of a domestic bird, but parts are sold at a much lower
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