South Korea barred imports of U.S. poultry and poultry products, according to the Agricultural Ministry statement released Dec 21.
The suspension, beginning last Saturday, was result of H5N8 avian flu found in backyard in Winston, Oregon. However, the H5N8 has not been found in any U.S. commercial poultry operations.
South Korea and 18 other countries have been struggling with highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) outbreaks this year, stated the ministry’s statement.
"This import suspension is a quarantine measure to prevent the HPAI virus from entering the country," the ministry statement said.
Although the U.S. has already shipped a total of 63,245 tonnes of poultry meat so far in 2014, the ministry does not anticipate a shortage. According to the agency’s data, domestic poultry supply is forecasted to climb 17.5% this month.