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South Korea Suspends U.S. Poultry Imports

In the first 11 months of this year South Korea imported 63,245 tonnes of poultry meat and 264,000 chicks from the United States.  That’s going to be all for the time being as the country struggles with it’s own bird flu problems.

Following an outbreak of bird flu in the United States, the South Korean Agriculture Ministry has suspended imports of U.S. poultry and poultry products.

The suspension, which was announced Saturday, comes as South Korea is itself struggling to contain a domestic outbreak of bird flu.

“This import suspension is a quarantine measure to prevent the HPAI virus from entering the country,” the ministry statement said, referring to highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus.

According to the ministry 19 countries around the world have been hit by the HPAI virus this year. South Korea has thus far had no human cases.

Two strains of avian influenza have been confirmed in wild birds in Washington state, near the Canadian border, but neither virus has been found in U.S. commercial poultry.

 

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