China has now joined the ranks of multiple countries temporarily banning U.S. poultry imports. An outbreak of bird flu on non-commercial U.S. farms have some nations worried it could get into the poultry supplies.
South Korea announced a ban on U.S. imports of poultry two weeks ago. Korea is in the midst of its own bird flu outbreak, which has affected 18 countries this year.
A strain of the H5N8 influenza was found in Oregon, California and Washington. The American Farm Bureau and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have both called out the decision maintaining exported poultry is still safe.
There are no commercial birds affected by avian flu outbreaks anywhere in the U.S. according to USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.