South Africa is investigating the alleged dumping of frozen whole chickens and boneless cuts from Brazil, said Thembinkosi Gamlashe, spokesman for the country's International Trade Administration Commission.
The investigation started in June, Gamlashe said, and should be completed within 12 months.
Brazilian chicken exports to South Africa totaled $92 million in the first five months of the year, according to Ubabef, the South American country’s poultry industry association. The body has denied the allegation of selling chicken at below-market prices.
The allegation, initially aimed at all poultry exports from Brazil, first emerged three years ago, but is now focused on some supplies, Ubabef President Francisco Turra said in a statement. The body is confident the claims of dumping will be proved untrue, he concluded.