USDA disputes ban on poultry imports

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture will press international trade partners in the coming days to lift an all-inclusive ban on poultry imports from America after two cases of avian influenza were reported in the Pacific Northwest. 

Under World Animal Health Organization (OIE) guidelines, countries should limit restrictions to animals within a defined area that is found to pose a risk of spreading  the disease. 

After the USDA reported the cases of avian influenza in wild birds in Washington State and a small backyard poultry flock in Oregon on Dec. 14, a select few countries issued complete bans on poultry imported from the U.S. instead of limiting the ban to just poultry from the infected areas.

The USDA plans to share information on its surveillance for avian influenza in the U.S. with its trade partners and will encourage them to follow OIE guidelines.

To date, no human cases of the virus have been detected in the U.S., Canada or internationally, the USDA reported.

Poultry, poultry products and wild birds are safe to consume even if a bird carries the disease if it is cooked to a temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

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