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Expert group to review ‘challenged’ poultry industry

by 5m Editor
2 November 2006, at 2:35pm

IRELAND - An expert group is being brought together by the Government to guide the poultry industry through what Junior Agriculture Minister Brendan Smith described yesterday as a “particularly difficult juncture”.

He warned that Irish poultry output has fallen back after the closure of processing plants and a consolidation of activity into a smaller number of operators. “We are facing a major challenge in terms of positioning of the industry for the future,” he told the Bord Bia Poultry and Egg Conference.

He said there is relentless competitiveness in the sector, with fresh poultry coming from elsewhere in the EU probably the main issue for Irish companies.

But they are also threatened by imports of large quantities of salted chicken, mostly from Brazil, which can now resume with very low customs duties payable, after the EU lost a case brought against it by the World Trade Organisation. As a result, the EU has concluded an agreement with Brazil on imports of salted poultry meat, preparations of turkey meat and cooked chicken meat.

Source: The Irish Examiner

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