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South Korea bans imports of U.S. poultry due to bird flu

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South Korea halted the imports of U.S. poultry and poultry meat following new cases of bird flu. This ban comes just two months after the Asian country resumed the shipments.

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On 19 November, South Korea had lifted sanction on the import of U.S. poultry and fresh meat - a move that led to import of about 4,500 tons of poultry meat treated with heat and 37,000 chickens ever since then. However, the country had not permitted imports of non-heat treated meat, reported Reuters.

The U.S. is making efforts to restrict the impact of bird flu, which has not yet affected any human life.

South Korea had put a ban on the import of poultry and meat from the U.S. in December 2014 when two strains of the avian influenza H5N2 and H5N8 were discovered in the Washington state, Reuters reported.

The latest move by the Asian country comes only a few days after the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared that it had found a new strain of avian influenza, H7N8, in a turkey farm in the state of Indiana.


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