WASHINGTON — A statement from the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and Growth Energy: "We are deeply disappointed that China's Ministry of Commerce has issued a preliminary determination claiming that U.S. dried distillers grains with or without solubles (DDGS) are being dumped and have caused injury to China's DDGS industry. "As part of our three-decade long partnership with China, we have worked closely with government agencies, industry associations, and the feed and livestock industries in China to educate stakeholders about the benefits of both imported and domestic DDGS as an alternative feed ingredient. "We are proud of the role that U.S. and Chinese DDGS have played in helping China's animal feed industry to produce high-quality animal feed products to supply China's rapidly growing meat industry, and in ensuring that Chinese consumers continue to have access to safe, affordable and nutritious protein products. "As the Council asserted at MOFCOM's hearing, U.S. DDGS have not caused any injury to China's DDGS producers. Instead, DDGS play an important role in protecting Chinese feed producers and households against unpredictable swings in global commodity prices. "We welcome opportunities to work together with the Chinese government, Chinese feed producers and consumers to continue to meet China's growing feed demand in a mutually beneficial way for all parties as China implements market-oriented agricultural pricing reforms. "We are confident that U.S. DDGS are not being dumped and are not causing or threatening injury to Chinese producers. "Our industry deeply appreciated the support that we received at the recent hearing in China from our Chinese customers, and we remain hopeful that MOFCOM will find in its final determination that continued access for U.S. DDGS is in China's interest."