Call to unmask importers dumping poultry into SA
Cheap chicken coming into the country fingered for loss of hundreds of local jobs as Department of Agriculture suspends imports linked to Brazilian meat scandal
Local poultry industry players are hopeful that Parliament’s public hearings into the crisis in the sector will confirm, once and for all, that dumping is causing the chicken industry a lot of harm.Parliament will hold public hearings on Thursday amid calls by the sector to restrict chicken imports from the EU and other regions. This as the Department of Agriculture announced on Wednesday that it had suspended imports of meat from establishments suspected of being involved in the Brazil meat scandal. Allegations are that corrupt Brazilian producers have been selling rotten meat around the world for years.The local poultry sector has shed hundreds of jobs in recent months and blames this on cheap chicken imports.The industry and unions argue that the EU is selling chicken legs, thighs and wings below cost and have called on the government to intervene.But the EU has said its farmers are simply more competitive than their counterparts in South Africa.Kevin Lovell, the CEO of the Sout...
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