USDA officials will again attempt to convince China to lift or modify a ban on US poultry at the upcoming meeting of the US-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade, US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told Reuters news agency. An outbreak of avian influenza last January prompted China and many other countries to ban US poultry imports.
No bird flu has been detected in the US since June 17 but with the winter flu season approaching officials are worried about renewed outbreaks. The US wants China to switch to a regional basis for banning imports. Mr Vilsack said he didn’t expect the ban to be lifted at the JCCT but he hoped “over time to see a relaxation of that ban.”