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Russian Demand for Delmarva's Chickens Celebrated in Seaford


SEAFORD, Del. - Delmarva's poultry industry touted the return of American chicken meat to Russian markets at a congratulatory celebration Monday in Seaford.

The former Soviet Union was the largest customer of the U.S. poultry industry before a ban over chlorine rinses stopped the trade. After 25 senators, including Delaware's Sen. Tom Carper, wrote a letter to President Obama, American leaders persuaded the Russians to lift the ban -- ironically, during a conversation over a hamburger meal.

"It turns out that one out of every five chickens we raise here on the Delmarva Peninsula we export to other countries,"  Carper said. "The largest export (is) to Russia. Russians like dark meat; Americans like white meat. It's a marriage made in heaven."

The Delmarva Poultry Industry says demand will increase, meaning better prices for Delmarva farmers. Sussex County produces the most chicken meat in the country.

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