A coalition of meat companies and trade groups has requested that the U.S. Congress lift the ban on Chinese poultry imports, according to a Reuters report. The colaition said taht the move to single out the country was unfair and added that China could retaliate by stopping U.S. poultry imports. China is the largest importer of U.S. poultry.

The coalition includes Tyson Foods, JBS SA, Cargill Inc., Seaboard Corp., Sanderson Farms Inc., Pilgrim's Pride Corp., Smithfield Foods Inc., Hormel Foods Corp. and seed company Monsanto Co., and a several trade associations, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. China had filed a complaint with the WTO and reportedly stopped renewing import permits of U.S. poultry exporters.