Minnesota poultry producers now can export poultry again to China. China placed a ban on Minnesota poultry imports in 2011 after an outbreak of avian flu in the state.

Prior to the November 2011 ban, China was Minnesota's second-largest international market for poultry, including both chicken and turkey. The executive director of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association, Steve Olson, said producers will hopefully regain their market share.


The H7 avian influenza virus was found in 2011 in two turkey flocks in Wright County, Minn.