The U.S. is poised to send inspectors to chicken processing plants in China, which could ultimately open the way for expanded meat trade between the countries, including allowing chicken imports from China. Concerns about the safety of chicken from China have contributed to delays in talks regarding the issue. Under current regulations, China may only sell chicken to the U.S. in the form of pet food. The Food and Drug Administration is looking into reports of canine illnesses and deaths associated with chicken jerky treats for dogs that were made in China.

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