by Max Brantley
Reuters reports on China's banning of poultry imports from Arkansas on account of what officials in the U.S. said was a low-pathogen strain of avian flu found in June in eight birds on a single Scott County farm. Officials have said the virus found in Arkansas does not pose a threat to humans and steps were taken to erase infected birds and eggs from the supply chain.
The farm supplies Tyson Foods, the Arkansas-based meat giant, which had said earlier it would step up inspection procedures.
U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor weighed in on the news with this statement:
This was an isolated incident, and China is being unfair by banning poultry imports from our entire state. Our products are safe, healthy, and nutritious. I’ll be working with food safety and trade officials to resolve this issue as quickly as possible and reopen this market for our farmers. In the meantime, my family and I will continue to eat Arkansas poultry, and I know others in our state will do the same.