US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has requested that China end a ban on imports of US poultry that was imposed after an outbreak of bird flu in chickens and turkeys, Reuters reports.
Cases of avian flu prompted China and South Korea to impose bans on US poultry imports earlier this year. Last year, the two countries accounted for about US$428.5 million in export sales of US poultry meat and products, according to USDA data.
The US would like China to limit trade only from states or regions that had confirmed cases of the flu, which is deadly to poultry, Vilsack told reporters.
Imported poultry from China is human health related whilst bird flu is an animal health issue
China’s agriculture minister indicated he would consider Vilsack’s request, but linked the matter to US limits on imports of poultry raised and processed in China, Vilsack said. The US restrictions on imports of poultry from China are related to human health, while the bird flu is an issue of animal health, he added.
(Source – http://www.blackseagrain.net/novosti/usda-asks-china-to-reconsider-its-ban-on-us-poultry)