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China Banning Exports After Avian Flu Found in Local Backyard Flocks

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BENTON COUNTY, WA - Avian flu found in two backyard flocks of birds is ruffling feathers overseas.

China announced they are banning all poultry imports from the U.S.

But, the USA Poultry and Egg Export Council says China may be over reacting.

The president of that organization says China is the 6th largest receiver of American poultry exports. 

James Sumner says China's ban on American poultry could have political undertones.

He says he does not know how long this ban could last but the financial consequences could be huge.

About $300 million worth of poultry exports go to China.

Sumner says he cannot find good reasons to ban the product, especially since these birds affected in our area are not for commercial distribution, they are backyard flocks and China does not get poultry exports from this area. 

"There is really no reason what-so-ever for China to ban imports. This really is going to be devastating for our industry," Sumner said.

The USA Poultry and Egg Export Council is working with the government on this issue. 

Earlier this week, the Washington State Department of Agriculture said they do not expect the quarantine period to last very long.

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