US Chicken Producers Hatch a Fowl Plan

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USDA okay’s shipping U.S. chickens to China for processing, then re-entry to US for human consumption

Memorial Day may never be the same without All-American chicken on the backyard grill.

(Headline Health) As we recently reported, US inspectors recently had to impound yellow fin tuna imports from Asia in order to protect US consumers from a repulsive form of food poisoning.

There was nothing wrong with the tuna itself, say government inspectors.

The problem wasn’t parasites, either, as has been found Korea.

Rather, the tuna was contaminated by Asian food handlers who failed to wash their hands after using the toilet, resulting in human fecal matter (e. coli) being found on the surface of a product meant to be consumed raw.

Just weeks after this stomach-churning health threat to US sushi lovers was revealed, we’re now learning that poultry produced in the US may soon be shipped to China, processed by Chinese workers, and re-imported into the US. All with the approval of the U.S. government.

All this while tens of millions of Americans are on food stamps, unable to find work to support themselves even at a minimal level, and millions more collect unemployment.

USDA approves shipping chickens to China for processing, then re-entry to U.S. for human consumption

(Think Organic Life) “Chinese chicken” will soon have a whole new meaning, as the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently gave the green-light to four chicken processing plants in China, allowing chicken raised and slaughtered in the U.S. to be exported to China for processing, and then shipped back to the U.S. and sold on grocery shelves here.

Furthermore, the imported processed poultry will not require a country-of-origin label nor will U.S. inspectors be on site at processing plants in China before it is shipped to the United States for human consumption.

Food safety experts worry about the quality of chicken processed in a country notorious for avian influenza and food-borne illnesses. And they predict that China will eventually seek to broaden the export rules to allow chickens born and raised in China.

Bureau of Labor Statistics data estimates that American poultry processors are paid roughly $11 per hour on average. In China, reports have circulated that the country’s chicken workers can earn significantly less—$1 to 2 per hour.

China has an infamous reputation as one of the world’s worst food safety offenders. Earlier this year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a report on a Chinese chicken jerky manufacturer that created dog treats tied to more than 500 dogs’ deaths. Read the full story at thinkorganiclife.com

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