(VOV) -Vietnamese farmers are crying foul now that the nation’s markets are inundated with cheap US chicken and they fear that not only the industry but their way of life are threatened.
A total of 45,651 tonnes of chicken products, mostly frozen thighs, were imported from the US in the first seven months of 2015, accounting for 49 percent of total meat imports into Vietnam in the period, the Quan doi Nhan dan newspaper said quoted the Department of Animal Health source.
The Department of Livestock will probe into whether US chicken thighs sold at VND20,000 (US$0.92) per kilogramme in Vietnam can be considered dumping and if there is trade fraud in this case, said Deputy Director of the department Nguyen Van Trong.
Recent Vietnamese press reports that US chicken is being "dumped" in Vietnam have prompted a strong denial by the head of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC).
The Animal Livestock Associations in the Southeast region and Dong Nai province signed petitions on July 28 for an anti-dumping investigation into chicken imported from the US to save domestic poultry farmers from losses.