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Turkish Poultry Consumption Down

07 February 2014
USDA Foreign Agricultural Service

TURKEY - Domestic poultry consumption has decreased five per cent due to media campaigns against poultry consumption. There are a lot of nutrition and health programs on TV. The majority of these accuse the poultry industry of using GE products to feed chickens.

Some medical doctors tell consumers not to consume poultry since they are GE, have a short life cycle, and because they are given hormones. This message has been effective at changing consumer behavior. MINFAL has not defended industry in the media.

With a decrease in domestic consumption the poultry sector is looking to increase exports to countries such as Saudi Arabia. In January 2012, Saudi Arabia and Turkey agreed on market access requirements for poultry exports. Poultry exporters target exports of 100,000 MT of chicken to Saudi Arabia.

Turkish poultry exporters now look to Japan and China as new markets for their products. Turkish poultry exports increased from 890 million USD in 2012 to 1 billion USD in 2013.

The egg sector had a very good year in calendar year (CY) 2013. Egg production in 2012 was 15.6 billion and increased to 16 billion in 2013.

ThePoultrySite News Desk

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