Exports at risk as bird flu hits heart of poultry countryThe Bird Flu has struck the poultry industry hard as new reports indicate that Mexico, the biggest buyer of U.S. chicken, and other major countries imposed new import restrictions on Thursday after a virulent form of bird flu was found at the heart of America’s poultry region. The virus’ discovery in Arkansas is expected to prompt similar moves by up to 40 more countries, and the restrictions are likely to depress prices and hurt U.S. poultry producers, economists said. Reports from Reuters indicate that top U.S. poultry producers like JBS SA unit Pilgrim’s Pride Corp and Sanderson Farms Inc downplayed the risk to operations, but the Arkansas case sent their shares tumbling on Wednesday ahead of an official confirmation. FULL REPORT