An already crowded kosher poultry market in the US may soon be even more crowded as representatives of the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the US Department of Agriculture approved chicken farmers, slaughterhouses and chicken food product factories to export to the American market. The visit was part of the FSIS’s regular inspections of factories worldwide that export chicken food products to the American market. The FSIS approval means that the US considers veterinarian supervision to be equal to US standards.
Sources at the Israel Export Institute say that Israel exports some 800 tons of chicken food products to the kosher market in the United States, but the estimated potential for this market is higher. Companies like Oif Tov are considering a major expansion of the export of kosher poultry to the US. Kosher food sources say that the expansion of exports by the Israelis would most certainly set off further competition in a market already dominated by such major US kosher poultry producers as Empire which has in recent months significantly increased production of the kosher poultry. Newly acquired Agriprocessor continues to produce upward of 30,000 chickens a day. In addition, several new smaller poultry kosher slaughterhouses have also increased the choices for consumers.