Cartoon photo of a potential Chinese chicken
We have been reporting on chicken from China since September and have been roundly criticized for it.
Well, the Chinese chickens have come home to roost and we will be proven correct.
Sen. Chuck Schumer, with whom I almost never agree, is sounding the alarm. The USDA is allowing chicken processed in China to be sold in the US (we don’t have enough of our own chickens?). Worse yet, Sen. Schumer said that the USDA will also allow chicken raised and slaughtered in China to be sold in the US!
Schumer said it is a bad idea and he has no idea why the USDA is doing this. “China has been a massive source of food poisoning here in America for years,” he said. “China has a terrible record on health safety, and chickens are one of the things that need the most care and inspections,” he added.
All that aside, we are talking about Chinese Communists here who only just recently said they could blow up every major city in the US if they wanted to.
I know the reason for the USDA decision if Sen. Schumer doesn’t. Big government is the reason this is happening. The USDA and FDA regulations have made it impossible for the US producers to compete with China where they are not subject to the FDA and USDA. So the government’s solution is not to modify regulations here but to send chickens China for processing or to let them just send their chickens here. China has little in the way of regulations.
The USDA claims the Chinese plants are up to snuff but US inspectors do not have to inspect the Chinese plants that will process, raise, slaughter the food!
There will be NO labeling to indicate the chicken came from China so buyer beware.
The decision has moved one step closer towards approval.
Charles Schumer wrote a letter to Secretary of the USDA Vilsack on the issue. He wants the following from Vilsack and apparently isn’t getting it:
(1) increase the number of on-the-ground audits and inspections of the Chinese inspection system and all Chinese facilities where meat is processed and
(2) increased inspection of chicken meat shipped back to the United States with the highest level of scrutiny and frequency, to ensure meat is safe for consumption and originated in the United States.
Schumer pointed to some of the many horrors wrought by Chinese food practices:
- Police in China apprehended a group of criminals who have been selling rat, fox or mink meat as lamb for the past four years to markets in Shanghai and surrounding areas and made up to 10 million yuan ($1.6 million)
- At least 175 people had been sickened by insecticide-tainted dumplings from China, prompting supermarkets to pull Chinese-made meat products from their shelves while Tokyo pressed Beijing to improve food safety.
- The FDA effectively blocked the sale of five types of farm-raised seafood from China because of repeated instances of contamination from unapproved animal drugs and food additives. The F.D.A. said it decided to take the action after years of warnings and even a visit to Chinese fish ponds that resulted in no signs of improvement.
- Uncooked pork was found glowing in the dark due to a phosphorescent bacteria. An unsuspecting woman bought the pork in a Shanghai market only to find it radiating later that night on her kitchen table. The ghostly pork returned to normal meat color by morning.
- Hong Kong food inspectors found eggs imported from northeast China to be contaminated with high levels of melamine, toxic industrial additive at the heart of an adulteration scandal in Chinese milk products.
- Hundreds of other parents in central China unwittingly bought bad baby formula, in which nutritional supplements had been replaced with starch or sugar. Nearly 200 other babies, including at least 13 who died, now have what local residents call ”big head disease.
Click the links on the blogroll to the right of the posts for your congressman’s email or phone and tell them what you think. Contact Secretary Vilsack: The Honorable Tom Vilsack U.S. Department of Agriculture Washington, D.C. 20250. E-mail address: agsec@usda. gov
I am including my slideshow on the poisoned pigs in China. We can expect them next. China is attempting to buy Smithfield Foods in Virginia, which will make them the largest pork dealers in the world.