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China Halts U.S. Poultry Imports Following Sulphur Springs Bird Flu Incident

Outbreaks in France and Mexico also contributed to China's decision.

This week’s news of avian flu contamination at a Hopkins County poultry farm has led China to halt imports of American chicken and eggs.

On Tuesday, the World Organization for Animal Health reported finding traces of H7N1 virus in a commercial feeder at a farm in Sulphur Springs, about 75 miles northeast of Dallas. The virus reportedly affected 24,000 birds on the farm. But is not dangerous to humans.

On Thursday, Asian AgriBiz reported that the Sulphur Springs outbreak and other bird flu outbreaks in France and Mexico contributed to the suspension. According to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China imported 290 thousand tons of poultry meat and 580 million poultry eggs from the United States in 2017.

Scott Morgan has been an award-winning journalist since 2001. His work has appeared in several newspapers and magazines as well as online. He has also been an editor, freelancer, speaker, writing teacher, author, and podcaster.