Senators urge action on Russian chicken ban
Continuation could harm U.S. poultry industry
A group of 25 U.S. Senators wants President Barack Obama to urge an end to a Russian chicken ban when he meets this week with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. Reports in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Farm Futures predict lower U.S. chicken prices if the ban continues.
Since January, Russia has banned the imports because of safety concerns over how U.S. chicken is cleaned with chlorine wash. Russia was the largest importer of U.S. poultry, spending $800 million a year and representing more than 500,000 jobs.