Brazil: China resumes direct import of chicken

4 December 2008

Sao Paulo, Brazil, 4 Dec – China has authorized resumption of direct imports of organic chicken from Brazil, the Agriculture Ministry announced Wednesday.

Until the present day China imported Brazilian chicken via Hong Kong.

The official Brasilia statement said China has authorized 24 slaughterhouses in the states of Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina, Parana, Sao Paulo, Mato Grosso Sul, Mato Grosso and Minas Gerais.

Francisco Turra, chairman of the Brazilian Association of Chicken Producers and Exporters (Abef), said the Chinese move was important due to the size of the market involved and could also open up new export opportunities.

Brazil is also finalizing deals on pork exports to China, the main importer of Brazilian agricultural and meat products. (macauhub)