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The information comes from ABPA , a lobby group representing Brazil’s pork and chicken suppliers.

US poultry exporters are not testing shipments to China either, said Jim Sumner, president of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council.

ABPA has reaffirmed a June estimate of selling about 1 million tonnes of Brazilian pork and chicken meat to China in 2020, up from 834,000 tonnes last year.

To support the rise, Brazil’s 2020 pork output may grow by as much as 6.5 percent, reaching a potential 4.250 million tonnes this year, while chicken output could grow by 4 percent to 13.8 million tonnes.

Brazil has 64 plants approved to sell chicken and pork to China, but four were recently banned because of outbreaks of COVID-19 among meat plant workers in Rio Grande do Sul state.

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