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U.S. demand for chicken strong despite bird flu

by 5m Editor
15 July 2006, at 12:00am

US - The poultry industry says the U.S. demand for chicken has remained strong despite a lagging export market in countries where bird flu has been reported. &quot;No one that we&#39;ve spoken to has reported any impact from avian influenza,&quot; said Richard Lobb, spokesman for the National Chicken Council, a Washington trade group. &quot;The public is very well aware of bird flu but there&#39;s really been no measurable impact on demand for chicken in the United States.&quot; Overseas exports, on the other hand, took a major hit in the fall as populations in Turkey, Romania, Ukraine and other countries with confirmed cases of bird flu became averse to chicken altogether, Mr. Lobb said. <i>Source: World Peace Herald</i>

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