The verbal war over whether or not the dumping of cheap imported chicken portions is to blame for the woes of the poultry industry, has feathers flying between two lobby groups. The Association of Meat Importers and Exporters (Amie) has accused lobby group FairPlay of being "none other than participants in the local chicken industry", and says its views "in no way constitute a balanced view, which seeks to achieve ‘fair play’ in the local chicken industry. FairPlay is nothing other than the alter ego for the South African Poultry Association," Amie states in a lawyers letter to FairPlay and the MD of RCL Foods consumer division, Scott Pitman. FairPlay has sought government support to combat what it says is the dumping of chicken bone-in portions by the EU, which has put the local industry at risk. Amie says these claims are unsubstantiated and false. Its letter warns that if FairPlay and Pitman did not stop making false statements about the dumping of chicken within seven days, it w...

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