Chickens look out from a cage at a wholesale poultry market in Hong KongChina has banned all imports of U.S. poultry, poultry products and eggs amid recent reports of highly pathogenic strains of avian influenza found in the Pacific Northwest, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday. All poultry and poultry related products shipped from the United States after Jan. 8 would be returned or destroyed, according to the agency and the U.S. trade group USA Poultry & Egg Export Council. The ban, effective as of Jan. 8, also applies to poultry breeding stock, which includes live chicks and hatching eggs. From January through November last year, U.S. exports of poultry products sent to Chinareached nearly $272 million, said Toby Moore, spokesman for the trade group. U.S. chicken exports to China from January-November 2014 was 239.768 million lbs, consisting primarily of chicken feet or paws. During that same period, China imported 55.923 million lbs of U.S. turkey. The country’s import of eggs from the United States is marginal, according to industry sources. More