Thanks to Marianne from Northview Diary for this alert.
On Friday just before the Labor
Day weekend the U.S.
Department of Agriculture quietly announced their approval for the Chinese to import processed poultry products into the United States.
The new ruling applies only to meat from birds raised in the U.S. but the fear is that this opens the door for poultry raised and slaughtered in China, notorious for food safety problems.
Oh, and by the way, no USDA inspectors will be present in the Chinese processing plants.
As dog owners we are all too painfully aware of food products made in China. Who doesn’t remember melamine and the thousands of dogs killed or sickened by tainted ingredients made in China.
Earlier this year the FDA finally released a report on Chinese chicken jerky that was tied to more than 500 dog deaths and 2500 illnesses. Products were finally recalled by Purina and Milo's Kitchen when evidence was found of unapproved ingredients and falsified documents.
So can we just avoid eating chicken processed in China?
There is no way of knowing.
Under current USDA rules, labeling of point-of-origin does not apply to
foods that have been cooked or processed in that country. You won’t know if the
chicken nugget in the frozen food section or fast food restaurants was
processed in California, Michigan, or took a quick trip to China.
So while our government for years has passed so many regulations that many small local food producers have been put out of business, they find China’s chicken factories up to their standards.
The world must look very different from behind a desk in Washington, DC.