U.S. presses Mexico to ease poultry import limits brought by bird flu

April 17, 2015 10:44 PM

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U.S. presses Mexico to ease poultry import limits brought by bird flu

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The United States is pressing Mexico, the top importer of U.S. chickens and turkeys, to relax restrictions imposed on poultry shipments because of an outbreak of a strain of avian flu deadly to birds, an Agriculture Department spokeswoman confirmed on Friday.

Negotiations are playing out as the number of U.S. poultry flocks infected with the disease continues to rise and the cost of the U.S. government response is approaching $50 million.

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