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The SA Poultry Association (Sapa) notes with concern the claims made by Francisco Turro, CEO of the Brazilian Association of Animal Protein (Setting the record straight on Brazil’s chicken exports, April 2). He calls local efforts to preserve a crucial SA industry “offensive coming from a partner nation” and accuses the local industry of spreading lies and disinformation, when his own version of the truth is highly contestable. Turro states than it was “proven that Brazilian producers did not practise dumping”, when in fact the International Trade Administration Commission (Itac) found enough evidence in 2012 that it imposed anti-dumping duties. When Brazil challenged this, the case was not “dropped” as he claims; instead, a decision was taken for precisely the reason of neighbourliness with a partner nation not to pursue anti-dumping duties, but to opt for a most favoured nation (MFN) duty instead. In the intervening years, Brazil has been taking advantage in a most unneighbourly f...

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