China has banned imports of US poultry and eggs after avian flu was found in the United States last month, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing a US poultry industry group.
The ban follows the discoveries of a strain of H5N8 influenza in wild birds and in a backyard flock of guinea fowl and chickens in Oregon, as well as the detection of another strain in California and Washington.
The cases were confirmed by the US Department of Agriculture.
China’s ban affects shipments of breeding stock, including live chicks and hatching eggs, as well as poultry and eggs, the USA Poultry and Egg Export Council said Monday.
The group criticized China’s decision, saying the bird flu outbreaks in the US occurred far away from the major US commercial poultry production regions.
China’s ban comes after more than 20 countries, including South Korea and South Africa, imposed restrictions on imports of poultry products from certain US states or the entire country.
In the first 11 months of last year, US exports of chicken, turkey and duck products to China reached US$272 million, the trade group said.
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