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SAO PAULO, Sept 6 (Reuters) - A Brazilian association representing chicken and pork producers said on Wednesday it named two legal firms to fight an anti-dumping claim made by China in August against Brazilian chicken imports.
ABPA, as the association is known, said it hired MPA Trade Law, in Brazil, and Hylands Law, in China, to defend it in the case. The association also said each of the 27 companies involved in the proceedings would hire legal representation separately, without elaborating.
Brazilian food processors JBS SA and BRF SA appeared on the list of companies that China is going to investigate.
Brazilian producers deny China's anti-dumping claims, ABPA said, adding the country's food companies abided by all international trade rules.
"Brazilian chicken exports caused no injury in the local market," ABPA said referring to China, adding the Brazilians will elucidate all points raised by the Chinese in their complaint.
China's anti-dumping investigation into imports of Brazilian broiler chicken is another blow for the South American country's meat industry, threatening over $1 billion of exports annually.
It comes roughly five months after Brazil's power house protein industry had already been tarnished by a domestic food safety probe that caused countries to temporarily ban Brazil's meat.
No major export destination maintained bans, but the Brazilian investigation, which centers on whether food inspectors were bribed by certain companies to evade safety checks, is ongoing.
ABPA said Brazilian chicken exporters want to continue supplying the Chinese market. (Reporting by Ana Mano; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)