Soon to Be Made in China: Your Chicken Nuggets
But that won't be on the label...
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 4, 2013 1:21 PM CDT
Chickens are hung in line at a Shanghai slaughterhouse.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – The US Department of Agriculture quietly announced on Friday that it had approved four Chinese poultry plants to ship processed chicken into the US. It's no wonder it tried to sneak that news onto the eve of a long weekend, notes Bloomberg: China has a dodgy reputation for food safety, with repeated outbreaks of avian flu and the New York Times reports that Chinese-made chicken jerky recently killed hundreds of US dogs. So it's a little worrying that these processing plants will operate without USDA inspectors, and the agency does not require point-of-origin labeling, so American consumers will not know where their chicken comes from.

Currently, the Chinese plants will only be able to use chickens raised in the US. But, per the Times, a food safety lobbyist warns: "This is the first step towards allowing China to export its own domestic chickens to the US." This latest move follows a chicken-centered spat between the US and Chinese governments: Congress previously blocked Chinese chicken exports, so the Middle Kingdom slapped huge tariffs on US chicken exports. Now the US chicken industry is keen to get more of its birds into China. "We certainly don’t look forward to any more imports, but we also realize free trade is a two-way street,” says a spokesman for the National Chicken Council. "We’re hoping the Chinese will look a little more favorably on our chicken products and on other US agricultural imports."

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Sep 7, 2013 6:37 PM CDT
Why not? Hey, let's import chicken, processed or not, from a country that has a black market for our infant formula because there's is so hinky. How could we NOT trust their "food safety"?
Sep 5, 2013 4:34 PM CDT
I have no way of knowing what will be brought here from China. Therefore, I will have to discontinue eating out. This means our family members will have to reconsider whether to eat out anymore as well. I imagine that people who own stock in companies who will be using meat we know nothing about will start to lose investors. Therefore, loss of people eating out and loss of people investing. What happened to the plan : buy : made, created, produced in America and in regard to meat with quality control under strict safety standards.
Sep 5, 2013 3:21 PM CDT
Don't waste your time yelling a pre-bribed politicians. Your only weapon is keeping your money from them. The people you actually need to yell at are school boards, and other institutional buyers. Corporations only speak the language of money. Boycott this product in all its grisly forms and they will bail out to seek profit elsewhere.