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USDA Lifts Ban on Chickens Processed in Chinese Plants

Friday, September 27, 2013

Earlier this month the USDA lifted its ban on chicken meat that’s processed in Chinese plants. The Washington Post’s Kimberly Kindy talks about why the Dept. of Agriculture has cleared four Chinese poultry processors to export to the US, and why critics are worried about contamination in the meat, and whether you’ll be able to tell where the meat in your supermarket was processed.

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Kimberly Kindy

Comments [11]

Wayne Johnson Ph.D. from BK

Wherever you get your chicken from, she will have lived her life in a miserably small cage, full of disease.

Oct. 02 2013 04:49 PM
Meredith from nyc

So what labels should we look for on chicken to be safe? If none, than what? How about delis, salad bars and restaurants? Where do they get their chicken and how do they know? Scary.

Sep. 28 2013 01:34 AM

Who authorize this fiasco?

After all the scandals involving products that humans use,
coming from China, why would this be approved?

China can't get baby formula right.

Sep. 27 2013 03:19 PM
JR from NYC

I would NEVER trust chicken from China. I second the comments from MG from Manhattan.

Sep. 27 2013 01:16 PM
MG from Manhattan

After the baby formula and pet food scandals, I would never trust meat imported from (or processed in) China.

There is no oversight, no recourse in case of wrong-doing, and life is just too cheap.

Sep. 27 2013 01:00 PM

Obviously there is an an added expense to freezing the chicken, sending it to China, thawing it, grinding it up or whatever, refreezing it, an sending it back. The only way to make it more profitable than just doing all that here is to pay the people way less, and American chicken processing workers probably make minimum wage, not have OSHA standards for worker safety, cheaper electicity from uncontrolled coal plants, throw all the leftover crap in a river, etc.

If we are going to have free trade we should have worker safety and environmental and food safety certification for all products, food or manufactured, that are sold here.

Oh, a simple rule of thumb: just don't buy fish from Asia.

Sep. 27 2013 01:00 PM

Definitely will continue to buy chicken only from someone who knew it personally and can vouch for how it was processed. Not that anything is foolproof. Globalization of food, perhaps not such a good idea.

Sep. 27 2013 12:59 PM

I don't trust products from China and certainly not food!
This will cause me to a vegetarian.

Sep. 27 2013 12:56 PM
gw from state island

As I understand it, labeling will not be required on this processed chicken when it gets back to the U.S. so we will not know that the chicken was processed in China.

Sep. 27 2013 12:49 PM
gw from state island

As I understand it, labeling will not be required on this processed chicken when it gets back to the U.S. so we will not know that the chicken was processed in China.

Sep. 27 2013 12:49 PM
Henry from Manhattan

Why did the chicken cross the ocean?

To be processed in a Chinese plant and then shipped back to the United States in a variety of products.

Rimshot!

(I may have to work on that punch line.)

Sep. 27 2013 12:47 PM

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