NTF Statement: Russia Lifts Trade Ban on U.S. Poultry Exports
October 24, 2012
Attribute to NTF President Joel Brandenberger
Members of the National Turkey Federation applaud President Barack Obama’s announcement that he and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev have reached an agreement lifting the trade ban on U.S. poultry exports to Russia.
NTF also praised the efforts of U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., chairwoman of the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and Ranking Member Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga. The two wrote President Obama last week, explaining the urgent need to end the trade impasse and urging him to make the issue a priority during his meeting with the Russian president.
The poultry industry has long emphasized that internationally recognized scientific methodology has proven U.S. poultry processing practices are safe and that the trade restrictions are unwarranted.
Lincoln and Chambliss were joined by 22 other senators, including Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., in sending the letter to President Obama in advance of the meeting.
Over the last three years, U.S. poultry exports to Russia averaged more than $800 million in value, making Russia the single largest U.S. export market. The poultry industry represents more than 500,000 jobs in the United States.
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