UPDATE: Japan ends ban on Wisconsin poultry products

UPDATED Thursday, October 31, 2013 --- 12:04 p.m.
Posted Thursday, October 31, 2013 --- 4:55 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Japan has lifted a ban on Wisconsin poultry products that was instituted after birds in Jefferson County showed signs of exposure to avian flu.

A routine inspection done four months ago found some birds had antibodies to low-pathogen avian influenza, indicating possible exposure to the disease.

But Wisconsin State Veterinarian Dr. Paul McGraw says follow-up tests showed no signs of the virus and there was never a threat to public health.

The Wisconsin Department of Trade, Agriculture and Consumer Protection says Japan ended its ban Wednesday and will accept soups, broth and other poultry products made from birds killed after that date.

DATCP spokeswoman Raechelle Cline says the lifting of Japan's ban is important because it could help convince other nations, such as China, to reopen their borders.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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