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US re-opens Hong Kong poultry markets

by 5m Editor
3 May 2004, at 12:00am

US - A statement by Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman regarding the reopening of the Hong Kong Market to U.S. Poultry Products

US re-opens Hong Kong poultry markets - US - A statement by Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman regarding the reopening of the Hong Kong Market to U.S. Poultry Products

"We are very pleased with the decision by Hong Kong to reopen its market to U.S. poultry exports. Exports are important to the economic health and vitality of American poultry producers. Hong Kong is one of our largest markets, ranking third for U.S. poultry meat.

"We have worked very hard to provide full assurances to Hong Kong’s scientists on the thorough mitigation measures taken to contain and eradicate avian influenza. We appreciate that Hong Kong bases its food safety standards on internationally accepted scientific principles.

"Hong Kong’s purchases of poultry meat from the United States totaled $219 million in 2003. The United States provides over half of the poultry consumed in Hong Kong.

"Today’s announcement marks an important step in our efforts to work with our trading partners to use sound science as a basis for establishing standards for human and animal health.

"Hong Kong will resume processing poultry meat imports from the United States as of today. The resumption does not apply to the state of Texas, but discussions will continue to ensure total access for U.S. poultry producers."

Source: USDA Foreign Agricultural Service - 30th April 2004

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