The Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has announced 172 American poultry slaughter and processing facilities that can export their products to China.
China announced earlier this month that it would allow imports of U.S. poultry, ending a ban on American product that first started in January 2015 after an outbreak of highly-pathogenic avian influenza. The announcement came shortly after the U.S. announced it would allow for imports of Chinese chicken.
The move represented a cooling in tense trade relations between the two countries, which were expected to sign a “phase one” trade deal earlier this month but have yet to put pen to paper to certify their agreement.
The facilities seeking to export products to China must first be approved by Chinese officials. According to the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council, FSIS “is submitting a cold storage facilities list to China this weekend for approval, along with additional poultry plants.” USAPEEC estimates the Chinese market could be worth $2 billion in “chicken, turkey, duck, and breeding stock exports.”
To see the list of approved facilities, click here.