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US Counts Cost of Chinese Ban on Poultry Exports

19 January 2015

CHINA & US - As a result of China's ban on imports of all poultry and products from the US on the grounds of spreading avian flu, the US will be forced to send to rendering most of the huge volume of chicken paws (feet) and wing tips that it previously exported to China.

China's ban on the import of poultry and eggs from the United States in response to the presence of avian flu could cost the US poultry trade many millions of dollars, according to official sources in China.

Jim Sumner, president of the USA Poultry and Egg Export Council (USAPEEC), said the ban that China has put in place on 8 January will affect shipments of chicken paws.

He told China Daily: "Our major poultry exports to China are in the form of paws and wingtips, and China is one of the only primary export markets we have for paws. Unfortunately, there are few other markets for this product, which means that it will probably go for rendering instead of for export.

"Paws have commanded maybe upwards of 90 cents a pound in the China market, and if they don't get sold to China and they go to rendering, they may be providing 3 or 4 cents a pound.

"This is going to cost our industry many millions of dollars."

China's Ministry of Agriculture and the country's General Administration for Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine issued a joint announcement detailing the ban, which also applies to breeding stock, which includes live chicks and hatching eggs.

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