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UPDATE 1-China launches probe into Brazilian broiler chicken imports

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BEIJING, Aug 18 (Reuters) - China on Friday launched an anti-dumping investigation into imports of Brazilian broiler chicken and products after a complaint from the domestic industry that the South American country has been selling its chicken below market value.

In a statement, the Commerce Ministry said the probe started on Friday.

Brazil accounted for more than 50 pct of broiler product supplies to China between 2013 and 2016, the statement said, according to a preliminary review by the local industry and the ministry.

China is a major importer of broiler chicken, used by fast food chains like KFC and McDonalds.

The country also has anti-dumping duties on U.S. broiler chicken products. (Reporting by Josephine Mason; Editing by Richard Pullin)