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Trade war and swine fever take toll on beauty industry

Collagen prices surge as supply shrinks

The price of tilapia skin has been on the rise since end-2017.    © Reuters

TOKYO -- The U.S.-China trade war and an unstoppable swine fever have claimed an unexpected victim - the health and beauty industry, as collagen prices surge.

"The price of collagen peptide has more than doubled from the end of 2017," said a spokesperson of a health food producer. In Japan, the price of collagen peptides has jumped to 3,000 yen ($27.70) per kilogram compared with 2,000 yen a year ago.

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