Bush legs

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A dish with a chicken leg quarter

"Bush legs" (Russian: ножки Буша nozhki Busha) is a prevailing term in the post-Soviet states that denotes chicken leg quarters from the United States.

The expression first appeared in 1990 when Mikhail Gorbachev and George H. W. Bush signed a trade agreement about delivery of frozen chicken leg quarters to the USSR. In those times the USSR was experiencing food shortages and "Bush legs" enjoyed wide popularity.

Economics[edit]

As of 2006, the United States was the largest supplier of chicken to Russia, with only 55% of purchased chicken being domestically raised, 35% imported from the US, 6% from Brazil and 4% from other countries, primarily in Europe.[1] In 2005, the Russian and American governments signed an agreement where, until 2009, 74% of the chicken import quota would belong to American suppliers in return for the annual expansion of supplies by 40 thousand metric tons.[2]

White meat is more popular in the US,[3] lowering the cost of exported dark meat.

In 2010 Russian Chief Sanitary Inspector banned all chlorinated chicken.[4] In 2014 all US meat was banned in Russia due to embargo. In 2015 Russia covered all imported chicken by domestic meat.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Что будем есть вместо «ножек Буша» Archived 2014-02-02 at the Wayback Machine (in Russian)
  2. ^ USAPEEC Archived February 1, 2014, at the Wayback Machine (in Russian)
  3. ^ "Whiten chicken dark meat with whey protein concentrate and whey protein isolate. - Free Online Library". www.thefreelibrary.com.
  4. ^ "С 1 января 2009 американской курятины в России не будет - ИА REGNUM".
  5. ^ "Медведев: Нам больше не нужны «ножки Буша», в РФ есть своя птица - ИА REGNUM".

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