Georgia poultry producers got some good news Thursday when U.S officials said China will lift a ban on U.S. poultry.
The import ban was enacted nearly five years ago after avian flu was discovered in this country.
While the U.S. has not seen the virus since 2017, China did not lift the ban until now.
“Fortunately, as a result of the negotiations going on between our governments with China, they have lifted this ban, and now we can resume shipping to one of our top potential markets,” said Jim Sumner, with the Stone Mountain based USA Poultry and Egg Export Council.
He estimates that U.S. poultry producers will now be able to sell $1 billion worth of chicken feet, or paws as they’re known in the industry, to China.
“Instead of sending them to rendering plants for a nickel a pound, we’ll be able to send the feet to China for about $.87 a pound,” he said.
Other chicken parts and turkey could bring in another billion dollars, according to Sumner. He said China is experiencing a meat protein deficit because of African swine flu.