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McClatchy-Tribune  08/08/2014 6:26 AM ET
Food ban in Russia to ripple in Pennsylvania [The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review :: ]

Aug. 08--Russia's one-year ban on imports of foods from the United States and Europe is expected to have a small impact on Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania exported $12.8 million in food items to Russia last year -- 5.1 percent of the state's $250 million in exports to that country.

Poultry products are believed to represent a big share of the banned products, said the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council. In 2013, the United States exported about 267,000 metric tons of chicken to Russia valued at $309 million, the council said. It could not provide state figures.

But Tyson Foods Inc., which operates a 900-employee poultry complex in New Holland, between Harrisburg and Philadelphia, believes the impact on its business will be small.

"We are disappointed about the loss of the Russian markets, but the amount we ship there can be absorbed by other global markets," said spokesman Gary Mickelson in Springdale, Ark. The New Holland plant won't be affected, he said.

Export Council spokesman Toby Moore said Russia accounts for about 7 percent of total United States poultry exports, which has been declining for years. In the mid 1990s, the share was about 40 percent.

Trib Total Media staff writer Alex Nixon contributed. John D. Oravecz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7882 or joravecz@tribweb.com.

 

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