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S. Korea Halts Poultry Imports From Japan On Bird Flu

South Korea said it suspended poultry imports from Japan after confirmation of an outbreak of avian influenza in the neighboring nation.

The ban took effect yesterday, Korea’s agriculture ministry said in an e-mailed statement today. South Korea imported 334 metric tons of Japanese poultry through October this year, which is equivalent to 0.4 percent of its total poultry purchases of 85,525 tons during the period, the statement said.

Japan said on Nov. 30 it will cull about 20,000 chickens at a farm in the western prefecture of Shimane after the country’s first case of the disease since 2009 was discovered.

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