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South Korea Bans U.S. Poultry

by 5m Editor
30 August 2006, at 1:21pm

KOREA - Domestic poultry headed for South Korea was sidelined for the past two weeks while two migratory swans were tested for avian flu in Michigan.

All U.S. poultry headed for South Korea was halted as the federal government awaited final test results, Kristin Scuderi, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, confirmed to The Morning News.
The tests confirmed the H5N1 strain of avian flu found in the two wild swans is considered a low pathogenic form and poses no threat to human health, the USDA announced Monday.

The United States expected poultry shipments to South Korean to resume within the next few days, Scuderi said.

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 U.S. 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.

Source: NwaOnline

5m Editor