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China denies import action on US poultry

China's vice minister of Commerce Chen Jian yesterday denied talks that China would soon be blocking imports of US chicken into the country.

The import of chicken is regulated by an automatic approval system that has no specific limit on quantity, Chen said, according to People's Daily. Chen added that companies could decide to import chicken according to their need.

Recent reports by the Wall Street Journal stated that the USA Poultry and Egg Export Council said China had been telling US producers that import permits would not be issued for US poultry products, beginning July.

"According to our information, China's chicken imports are normal and orderly with stable prices," Reuters quoted Chen Jian as telling reporters.

Natalie Berkhout

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