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Lawmakers Back Off Proposed Ban of Chinese Chicken

posted on October 2, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of Congress negotiating an agriculture spending bill have signaled they will back off a proposed ban on imports of Chinese chicken.

Rep. Rosa DeLauro said in a statement Friday that instead of a ban, the bill will call for U.S. safety inspections at Chinese facilities. The Connecticut Democrat had initially supported a ban.

The decision may ease trade tensions between China and the United States, though it would not become official until the bill is passed and signed into law. The House and Senate are still negotiating different versions of the bill.

The U.S. ban had been included in a bill passed by the House, but not the version cleared by the Senate. China responded by banning many U.S. poultry imports in June.

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