Tuesday, 07 December 2021 04:42 GMT

S. Korea to stop poultry imports from US


(MENAFN) South Korea announced that it has banned imports of all poultry products, including live birds, from the United States following an outbreak of a highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza (AI) at one of its chicken farms, QNA reported.

The ban, effectively as of Saturday, affects inbound shipments of any live birds and eggs, as well as poultry products that not been heated over 30 minutes at a temperature of higher than 70 degrees Celsius within the past 21 days, the Ministry of Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said.

The move came after the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported an outbreak of AI in Oregon to the World Organization for Animal Health.

The H5N8 strain of AI is known to have a maximum incubation period of 21 days. South Korea has been one of the growing major consumers of U.S. poultry goods, importing 62,595 tons of chicken through November, more than the 44,129 tons for the whole of last year, local media reported.


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