WASHINGTON –U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) released the following statement on the news that Mexico will lift its ban of Arkansas poultry:
“I’m pleased that Mexico lifted its ban on Arkansas poultry products. It is important that producers in Arkansas are treated fairly, and as a leading producer of poultry, having access to export markets is important to Arkansas’s economy. Mexico is an important market for the industry and I’m excited for the opportunity for Arkansas poultry producers and businesses,” Boozman said.
Mexico banned the import of Arkansas poultry after turkey at a Boone County farm tested positive for avian flu in March of 2015. Despite United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) tests showing the strain no longer exists in the region last year, Mexico wouldn’t reverse its ban.
Boozman led efforts urging the Mexican government to treat Arkansas poultry producers fairly and to lift the ban through meetings with the Ambassador of Mexico and USDA officials.