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Taiwan may get OK to export poultry products to US

by 5m Editor
29 April 2005, at 12:00am

TAIWAN - After four years of negotiations, Taiwan is likely to become the first Asian nation to export poultry products to the U.S. The U.S. Department of Agriculture sent six technicians to Taiwan a week ago to examine the regulations and manufacturing processes of the island&#39;s poultry industry. The requirements for poultry products are scrutinized closely by authorities in the U.S. Currently, there are only six countries allowed to ship poultry to the U.S. Starting in 2005, Taiwan has lifted the quota on U.S. poultry imports to the island, a move that severely impacted the local businesses. Because of the U.S. customers&#39; preference for chicken breasts, the unwanted chicken thighs and drumsticks were exported en mass to the Taiwan market. Coincidentally, because the consumers in Taiwan prefer thighs and drumsticks over breasts, the government, along with associations and manufacturers in the poultry business eagerly hope for the export deal with the U.S. <i>Source: chinapost.com.tw</i>

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