China bans Arkansas poultry after mild bird flu strain
CHICAGO (REUTERS) - China has banned imports of poultry and poultry products from the state of Arkansas after a low-pathogenic strain of avian influenza was found in the state in June, United States (US) government and industry officials said on Tuesday.
"All poultry and poultry products shipped from the State of Arkansas on or after July 22, 2013 are ineligible for export," the US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said on its web site on Tuesday.
The Chinese government posted an official notification on its website, USA Poultry & Egg Export Council spokesman Toby Moore told Reuters.
"As an industry we are disappointed because we hoped China would take the high road and not ban the whole state and limit the ban to the county because it was an isolated incident," Moore said.