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China lifts US poultry ban

China has formally lifted its avian influenza-related ban on the import of American poultrymeat.

The restrictions had been in place since 2015 and America has been free of high-path AI since 20017.

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said: “After being shut out of the market for years, US poultry producers and exporters welcome the reopening of China’s market to their products." Photo: Flickr
Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said: “After being shut out of the market for years, US poultry producers and exporters welcome the reopening of China’s market to their products." Photo: Flickr

The US government says sales to China are expected to top $1bn a year, given the Chinese protein deficit caused by African Swine Fever.

At its peak, the annual value of poultry exports from the US to China was $71 million for turkey and $722 million for chicken.

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said: “After being shut out of the market for years, US poultry producers and exporters welcome the reopening of China’s market to their products.

“America’s producers are the most productive in the world and it is critical they be able to sell their bounty to consumers in other parts of the globe.”

In a joint statement, the National Chicken Council (NCC), National Turkey Federation (NTF) and USA Poultry and Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) said they welcomed the development.

“America’s poultry producers are committed to raising high-quality, nutritious products, and we are extremely pleased that we will once again have the opportunity to share these products with Chinese consumers.

“We look forward to resuming a trade partnership with China in the coming weeks.”