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Aussies eye China for kangaroo meat sales

Brisbane, Australia -- Australia is looking to China as a new market for its kangaroo meat, an industry official says.

A delegation of Chinese agricultural officials has arrived in Australia to investigate the nation's kangaroo production systems. John Kelly of the Kangaroo Industries Association said he is hoping exports of kangaroo meat to China for use by restaurants will be approved following the visit.

Part of the problem of getting Chinese to warm up to the idea of eating kangaroo meat is linguistic, Kelly said. It may be a good idea to come up with another Chinese word for kangaroo since the one they use now "loosely translates to 'bloody big rat with a pouch,'" he said.

"We think possibly it is possible to do better than that." Kelly told United Press International.

Kelly said he hopes the Chinese market will be opened up because there is big potential in the Asian nation of about 1.34 billion people.

There are about 25 million kangaroos in Australia and about 2 million are harvested annually.

Copyright 2010 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

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