US chicken industry seeks answers on new Russia ban

* U.S. chicken industry contacting U.S. embassy in Moscow

* Shipments of U.S. chicken to Russia continue

CHICAGO, Nov 3 (BestGrowthStock) – The U.S. chicken industry, which
in September resumed shipping meat to Russia, has contacted the
U.S. embassy in Moscow in an attempt to learn if Russia intends
to stop such imports beginning Jan. 1.

The head of Russia’s consumer protection watchdog on
Wednesday told Reuters in Moscow the country will ban sales and
processing of deep-frozen poultry meat from Jan. 1, both
domestic and imported, because freezing hurts the quality of
the meat.

“We just don’t know what is going on. We are working with
the embassy to try and find out what is going on,” Toby Moore,
spokesman for the industry trade group USA Poultry and Egg
Export Council told Reuters. “Hopefully, we can find out
something today.”

Russia at one time was the largest export market for U.S.
chicken, primarily chicken leg quarters, but it has been buying
less as it builds its own production. It also had banned U.S.
chicken earlier this year until U.S. chicken producers changed
the disenfectant they used on the meat.

The United States exports frozen chicken, and USAPEEC said
shipments to Russia continue, with several vessels carrying
from 5,000 to 8,000 tonnes already in Russia..

Shares of U.S. chicken producers were mixed Wednesday
morning with top producer Tyson Foods Inc (TSN.N: ) up 30 cents,
or 2 percent, at $15.57, No. 2 producer Pilgrim’s Pride Corp
(PPC.N: ) down 9 cents, or 1.3 percent, at $6.62, and No. 4
producer Sanderson Farms Inc (SAFM.O: ) up $1.93, or 4.5 percent,
at $44.55.

No. 3 chicken producer Perdue Farms is private.

(Reporting by Bob Burgdorfer; Editing by David Gregorio)

US chicken industry seeks answers on new Russia ban