S Korea to ban imports of US poultry as bird flu found in US

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South Korea will ban imports of US poultry after a strain of H7 bird flu virus was confirmed at a US chicken farm, the agriculture ministry said on Monday.

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The import ban will be effective from March 6, the agriculture ministry said in a statement.

South Korea, Asia's fourth-largest economy, has been importing eggs from the United States as its worst-ever bird flu outbreak has tightened the country's egg supplies.

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