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Chicken shortage looms - Canada to import from U.S.

by 5m Editor
9 April 2004, at 12:00am

OTTAWA - Canada will have to turn to foreign markets -- likely the United States -- to compensate for a low supply of chicken meat expected in this country later this spring after a cull of 19 million birds in British Columbia. Poultry producers have come up with a plan to maintain chicken supply in the wake of an outbreak of highly contagious avian flu, by boosting both domestic production and imports. The plan calls first for chicken farmers outside B.C.'s Fraser Valley -- the area targeted by the government ordered slaughter -- to increase their supply.

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