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Chicken Consumption Up Despite Threat of Bird Flu

posted on March 10, 2006

Worries about bird flu have dampened trade prospects for American poultry producers. In a monthly report, the USDA said it expects exports of 5.3 billion pounds of poultry this year. That's a drop of 95 million pounds from last month's projections.

Despite fears of bird flu, the USDA expects demand by consumers to increase. The average person is expected to eat 87.7 pounds of chicken this year, up from the USDA forecast of 87.2 pounds last month. Las year, the report said Americans ate an average 85.8 pounds of chicken.

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