Chinese government lifts year-long ban on Minnesota poultry

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More than a year after the Chinese government had imposed a ban on poultry imports from Minnesota, the ban has been lifted, the Star Tribune reports.

The Chinese Government announced the lifting of the ban on its website Friday following the completion of a risk assessment.

According to the Star Tribune, China's General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine imposed the ban after the H7 avian flu virus was discovered in two turkey flocks in Wright County in June 2011. Months after the incident the country imposed the ban on all Minnesota producers.

The ban included both turkey and chicken exports from Minnesota. The Star Tribune says China is the No. 2 international market for Minnesota poultry growers behind Mexico.

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