Which countries consumed the most meat in 2023? Check out this global ranking from the USDA!

The USDA has ranked the world’s top consumers of imported meat products by nation. Find out which countries take the top spots here.

The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) has ranked the world’s largest consumer of imported meat products. Which countries take the top spots on this list? Here is the breakdown:

According to the USDA, China continues to hold the top spot on the list. The Asian nation has been the world’s largest meat importer since 2019. The country imports 43 percent more than the world’s second-highest consumer of meat, Japan.

Most of China’s meat demand is for pork. Chinese pork imports have risen sharply in the last few years due to ongoing strain on its domestic supply due to the spread of African Swine Fever.

Japan is followed on the USDA’s list by Mexico and South Korea.

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