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.