Demand for U.S. edible pork byproduct exports is high

A map of the People's Republic of China and Mexico showing U.S. exports of pork byproduct in 2010.

U.S. pork byproduct exports totaled $700 million in 2010, almost 15 percent of the total value of U.S. pork exports. Fresh or chilled offal is the leading edible byproduct export (13 percent). Other exports include hog feet (11 percent), rinds (8 percent), guts, bladders, and stomachs (8 percent), frozen intestines (7 percent) and all other frozen pork offal (45 percent). China and Mexico accounted for 68 percent of U.S. edible pork byproduct exports in 2010. In foreign markets, demand for U.S. edible offal is high because of its superior quality and low prices relative to domestic products. This chart appears in the December 2011 issue of Amber Waves magazine.

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