US wants South Korean poultry ban lifted
All US poultry headed for South Korea has been sidelined while two
swans were tested for avian flu in Michigan. Now that testing has confirmed that
the H5N1 strain found in the swans was a low-pathogenic type, the US is hopeful
that exports will resume shortly.
The tests confirmed that the bird
flu strain found poses no threat to human health, the USDA announced Monday.
The United States expects poultry shipments to South Korean to resume within
the next few days.
Representatives of the National Chicken Council said they hoped the latest
findings released by the National Veterinary Service Laboratories would be
enough to persuade the Republic of Korea to resume importing US poultry.
"Korea received 38,382 metric tons of broiler parts from January through June
of this year, which puts them in the top ten importing countries," said Richard
Lobb, National Chicken Council spokesman.
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