Monday, July 14, 2014

In Other News Conservatives Don't Care About...

Yes, the post title is sarcasm. Let's get that out of the way.


USDA to Allow Chickens From U.S. to Be Shipped to China for Processing and Back to U.S.

"Scores of Americans are in an uproar since Food Safety News revealed the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will soon allow U.S. chickens to be sent to China for processing before being shipped back to the states for human consumption.

This arrangement is especially disturbing given China’s subpar food safety record and the fact that there are no plans to station on-site USDA inspectors at Chinese plants. Also, American consumers won’t know which brands of chicken are processed in China because there’s no requirement to label it as such.

To ease concerns, lobbyists and chicken industry proponents argue no U.S. company will ever ship chicken to China for processing because it wouldn’t work economically.

“Economically, it doesn’t make much sense,” said Tom Super, spokesman for the National Chicken Council, in a recent interview with the Houston Chronicle. “Think about it: A Chinese company would have to purchase frozen chicken in the U.S., pay to ship it 7,000 miles, unload it, transport it to a processing plant, unpack it, cut it up, process/cook it, freeze it, repack it, transport it back to a port, then ship it another 7,000 miles. I don’t know how anyone could make a profit doing that.”

Yet, a similar process is already."

This shouldn't even matter to me because last year I decided that, in addition to growing my own herbs and veggies, that I was going to have The Man build a coop and raise my own chickens. Silkies to be exact. Smaller, quieter, more neighbor friendly... But, no. My little borough called FOWL. No chickens for me...and now I might soon be ingesting chicken processed by someone in China making $1 an hour???

Here's the irony of this story...full blown Libertarians want to abolish the FDA, so this wouldn't matter anyway...but they would also be against my Borough dictating what I can keep in my own backyard.

#ideologydilemmas

12 comments:

Haverwilde said...

It is not surprising that the industry spokesman was telling a bold face lie!
Fish is already shipped to China for processing and then shipped back to the US for consumption.
Anything that requires human handling can often be done more cheaply in China even with the transportation costs.

CrabbyOldMan said...

ALa, I don't mean to be condescending and rude, but I think you are an instance of city folk talking about that which they have little or no practical knowledge. You and your neighbors DO NOT want chicken yard in an urban area. Do you think most governments banning livestock in urban areas might have some basis in past experience?

Zelda said...

No one wants to process chickens here. Seriously. It's horrible work, and you can make more money stocking shelves at Walmart in the heat/AC. There is no financial incentive to do that kind of work here.

ALa said...

I don't think having 2 or 3 chickens would be an issue (we have a few neighbors that ignore the ban and do and have fresh eggs every day--that's what I want!). I don't live in the ghetto...I have grass! lol

Foxy Wizard said...

I moved to the country, but I wouldn't want to raise chickens for food anyway. Have you ever dressed a chicken? It's a mess. You gotta catch them, pop their little heads off, dip them in boiling water, pluck them, dispose of the feathers, etc. I'd rather just go to the grocery store and buy it. I do like the fresh eggs- they are tastier. As far as the Chinese cleaning my chickens, who cares? I survived Mexico and Guatemala; I can survive China.

Proof said...

Obama's chickens...
...will be coming home to roost...
...in China!

Rickvid in Seattle said...

Lots of home chicken coops in my neighborhood. Raised mostly for eggs, but when the time comes...

Yes, the book "American Catch" discusses many distressing things about the fishing and shellfish industry. Freeze 'em, thaw 'em, process 'em, refreeze 'em, rethaw 'em for use or sale. Yum!

free0352 said...

In Obama's America everything is illegal.

Accept weed.

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