(Little Rock) (AP) – Federal agriculture officials have told members of Arkansas’ congressional delegation that China has stopped imports of the state’s poultry products.
Sen. Mark Pryor decried Tuesday’s decision, saying an “isolated incident” led to the ban. Pryor didn’t say what the incident was, but birds on a Scott County farm tested positive for a low-pathogenic strain of avian flu in June.
Pryor said Arkansas poultry products are “safe, healthy and nutritious” and that his family would continue to eat them.
The USDA had a statement on its website that said Arkansas exports to China were stopped effective July 22.
Pryor spokesman Michael Teague said Tuesday the USDA contacted members of the state’s congressional delegation about the ban. Arkansas is the nation’s second-largest poultry producer. Pryor said he hopes for a quick resolution.