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Friday, June 25, 2010 - 11:08am

Ga. Chickens Head Back To Russia

Updated: 4 years ago.
Georgia and other U.S. states can resume chicken exports to Russia. (photo courtesy Gavin Schaefer)

Georgia’s poultry industry is breathing a sigh of relief after Russia announced it will lift its ban of chicken meat from the U.S.

Mike Giles with the Georgia Poultry Association says it didn’t take long for good news to travel fast:

“The fact that an agreement has been signed is having a positive impact on the industry already.”

That’s because chicken production is an $18 billion industry in Georgia--tops in the nation. And the ban hit hard.

Giles says in January, the Russian government cut the allowable amount of chlorine used by U.S. producers to disinfect chicken meat.

“It’s been a traditional use in the United States and proven to be very safe, and Russia had concerns with that and that’s what’s been worked out.”

An agreement came in a meeting between President Barack Obama and Russian president Dmitry Medvedev.

Giles says plants in Georgia and around the nation are in the process of being re-certified in order to export to Russia.

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