The murky world of U.S. poultry shipped to Russia

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There is apparently a lot of illegal activity surrounding exports of United States chicken that is supposed to pass through Russia to other countries, such as Kazakhstan and Tajikistan.

Meatingplace Magazine reports on two issues in its most recent issue.

One is Russians who siphon the poultry into Russian markets, defying Russia’s ban on imports of U.S. meats.

The other is Russian officials declaring the U.S. poultry is contaminated with residues so Russia can grab the markets in Kazikhstan and Tajikistan for itself.

But the article also said demand for U.S. poultry continues to increase. For example, Tajikistan buyers are not happy with the quality of chicken they have been importing from Brazil and are showing a preference for U.S. poultry.

As for the size of trade, customs union officials told Meatingplace that Kazakhstan will be buying 300,000 to 400,000 tonnes by the end of this year.

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