Arkansas Experts Seek Quick End To China Chicken Ban

Aug 1, 2013

Poultry experts hope China will quickly lift restrictions put in place after nine Arkansas chickens were exposed to a strain of avian flu.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture told Arkansas' congressional delegation that China had stopped importing Arkansas chicken parts. Nine birds in Scott County were exposed to a non-pathogenic strain of avian flu during floods in June.

Bans are often imposed for 90 days as growers confirm that illnesses haven't spread. The Arkansas Farm Bureau said Wednesday it would expect all Arkansas farms to have a clean bill of health in September. Economist Matt King said Wednesday that agriculture officials and trade groups will work to convince China that Arkansas poultry is safe.

The nine birds exposed to avian flu are among 1.2 billion birds produced in Arkansas annually.