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|Sat, 09-21-2013 - 7:01pm|
Chinese Chicken, Coming To a Nugget Near You
In August, Congress lifted a ban on Chinese chicken imports that began during the Bush administration. This allowed for limited numbers of American chickens to be processed in China.
Before getting to your table, a chicken would be killed in the U.S. or Canada, shipped off to China for processing, and then shipped back the U.S. to be served up in various forms.
The problem, critics say, lies in sub-par Chinese food safety standards. The assistant to the director of the China's National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment said that because China was “still developing” it would not be adopting international food safety standards, but rather rely on “national conditions,” according to the South China Morning Post.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a report earlier this year linking the deaths of more than 500 dogs and the sickening of up to 2,500 animals to contaminated chicken found in dog treats processed in China.
Under the new trade agreement, no inspector from the FDA will be present at the Chinese processing facilities. Because the chicken will only be processed in China, it won’t require any point-of-origin label, and consumers won’t be able to tell where their chicken has been.