Why European and French breeders are warning about the “surge” of Ukrainian chickens

Why European and French breeders are warning about the “surge” of Ukrainian chickens

2023-09-21 18:26:42

DECRYPTION – Imports of low-cost poultry from Ukraine have soared in Europe since 2022. French breeders denounce “unfair competition”.

And “surge“. It is in these words that Yann Nédélec, director of the inter-professional association of the French poultry sector ANVOL, describes the boom in Ukrainian poultry imports on the French market. In the first half of 2023, they jumped 74% in one year. On paper, there is nothing to panic about: Ukrainian imports only represented 8.1 million euros over this period, or less than 1% of total poultry imports into France, and therefore far behind the contingents from from Thailand or Brazil. But the profession is not fooled. “Poultry from Ukraine is first cut up and processed in Dutch or Hungarian factories before arriving in France.», argues Yann Nédélec. Once processed in European factories, the meat loses its traceability.

According to the federation, these are “15 to 25,000 tonnes of Ukrainian poultry” which enter the European continent each month on average. A surge confirmed by the European Commission itself: according to…

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