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USDA considers plan to sell Chinese chicken in U.S.

PoultryNEW YORK – Lawmakers are opposed to a plan to allow chicken grown, slaughtered and processed in China to be sold here in the United States.

According to New York radio station WCBS Newsradio 880, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-New York,  said the USDA could sign off on a plan to allow China to export the chicken to the U.S.

Previously, only chicken processed in China was allowed to be sold in U.S. supermarkets. China’s food health standards aren’t as stringent as the guidelines U.S. food manufacturers have to abide to, officials said.

WCBS Newsradio quoted Sen. Schumer as saying, “China has a terrible record on health safety and chickens are one of the things that need the most care and inspections.”

The senator also said that China has been a massive source of food poisoning here in America. The USDA told the radio station that chicken slaughtered in China is currently not allowed in the U.S. because the country’s poultry slaughter system is not up to U.S. standards.

Schumer said a USDA report to Congress indicated that certain areas of China’s slaughter system are equivalent to the their U.S. counterpart.

The USDA said that it is obligated to review requests from countries wanting to export foods, but it has yet to rule on China’s proposal.

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2 comments

  • Mike C

    I wish the journalist would dig deeper and see which politicians are supporting the poultry foundation and getting paid off by them, large food producers and fast food companies. This deal stinks foul, pardon the pun, we are still in a poor economy, politicians should be focussing on job creation and bringing back manufacturing, not outsourcing these jobs which belong in the USA, at the benefit of fast food restaurants earning more profits by buying cheaper overseas meat while not concerned with the quality or how it is processed. The US government is always in reactive mode and never proactive thinking, some serious disease or bacteria has to kill people first before they react to make changes or implement a ban to protect their citizens/voters, similar to smoking cigarettes, politicians were paid off by tobacco companies to say it was safe, then millions of people died and now in recent years certain states are banning them and raising taxes. I would rather pay more for free range organic chickens and eggs grown in the US over the risk of purchasing crappy processed meat from overseas.
    How did this new law or trade restriction get changed? Who voted in these people in the USDA to allow them the power to decide what foods are not risky for us to eat? What was their decision process? Who represents the TAXPAYERS in these decisions?