Bird flu fear gone, Brazil's chicken exports double
With the fear of avian flu gone, Brazil has doubled chicken exports, with
an increase of over 100%.
In July, 2007, Brazilian chicken meat exports totalled US$440 million. This
is an increase of 106% when compared with the same month of the previous year. A
total of 284,000 tonnes were shipped, which is 53% more than in July 2006,
according to the Brazilian Poultry Exporters Association (Abef).
Exports are, according to the association, a result of increased imports by
the Middle East and the European Union. However, one need to take into
consideration that Brazilian exports in 2006 were on a steep decline due to
international chicken meat consumption being reduced as a consequence of avian
flu in Europe and Asia.
In July, the Middle East imported 88,160 tonnes of chicken meat from
Brazil, amounting to US$118.13 million. The European Union imported 46,530
tonnes, the equivalent of US$112 million.
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