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Import ban on US chicks hits China's market

Beijing's ban in response to bird flu outbreak in US leads to first shortfall in chicken meat supplies in at least a decade and pushes up prices

China will import 480,000 tonnes of poultry meat next year, up 33 per cent from this year, from Brazil, Argentina and Chile, according to a recent report by US agriculture department attaches in Beijing.


CHINA'S near two-year ban on imports of US chickens used for breeding is threatening supplies of chicken meat in the world's second-largest poultry market, leading to the first shortfall in at least a decade and potentially pushing up prices.

China relies on imported