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Mexico: Poultry and Products Annual Report 2008

by 5m Editor
1 September 2008, at 12:00am

USDA Foreign Agricultural Service GAIN Report by Dulce Flores. A link to the full report is provided. Mexico’s poultry industry is forecast to continue growing through MY 2008 and 2009 but more slowly than in recent years.

Report Highlights

Mexico’s poultry industry is forecast to continue growing through MY 2008 and 2009 (Jan- Dec), though not at the same rate that the industry has experienced over the past several years. Higher costs of production, which translate into higher consumer prices, and competition from foreign imports, will have a dampening effect on the industry. Imports of U.S. poultry and poultry products are forecast to increase in response to growing demand, but also at a slower rate. An important factor for the slow down in imports is the quarantine that Mexico imposed on the state of Arkansas for poultry products and live bird imports, except for mechanically deboned meat (MDM).

Situation and Outlook

Poultry meat production is expected to increase in both MY 2008 and MY 2009. However, the current rate of increase is lower relative to the growth that the Mexican poultry industry has experienced over the past decade. This slower growth rate is primarily attributable to higher production costs, mainly imported grains, and continued competition from poultry imports. Mexico does not yet have an equivalency agreement with USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service that would allow for exports of domestically produced poultry meat and egg products to the United States, though officials continue to work towards this objective.

Imports of both chicken and turkey meat are forecast to increase in MY 2009, primarily in response to growing demand from Mexican food processors for mechanically separated meat and cuts for further processing at a slower rate. Also, an important factor for the slow down in imports is the quarantine that Mexico imposed on the state of Arkansas for poultry products and live bird imports, except for mechanically deboned meat (MDM).

Data included in this report are not official USDA data. Official USDA data are available at http://www.fas.usda.gov/psdonlineonline

Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.

Other Reports in this Series

To view our complete list of 2008 Poultry and Products Annual Reports from USDA FAS GAIN, please click here

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