Mexico's Ban on Arkansas Poultry Products Lifted

US - Mexico has lifted its ban on poultry from the US state of Arkansas, which was imposed during the spring 2015 highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreaks.
calendar icon 20 April 2016
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The outbreak involved was when a turkey in Boone County tested positive for the disease in March 2015.

According to Senator John Boozman, who campaigned on the issue for Arkansas, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) tests showed the strain no longer exists in the region last year.

“I’m pleased that Mexico lifted its ban on Arkansas poultry products. It is important that producers in Arkansas are treated fairly, and as a leading producer of poultry, having access to export markets is important to Arkansas’s economy.

"Mexico is an important market for the industry and I’m excited for the opportunity for Arkansas poultry producers and businesses,” Mr Boozman said.

Mr Boozman led efforts to lift the ban through meetings with Mexican and USDA officials.

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