FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 14, 2019
Office of Communications
Commissioner Black Statement on U.S. Poultry Regaining Access to China
Following today’s announcement of American poultry farmers regaining access to the Chinese market, Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black issued the following statement:
“As the top poultry producing state in the country, Georgia applauds the end of the needless and unscientific ban on U.S. poultry imports,” said Black. “The reopening of the Chinese market will undoubtedly result in expanded opportunities for our producers. I commend Secretary Perdue, Ambassador Lighthizer and the entire Trump Administration for their steadfast commitment to restore fair trade with China.”
China has banned all U.S. poultry imports since January 2015 due to the U.S. highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) outbreak which began in December 2014. The U.S. has been free of this disease since August 2017.
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