Chicken in your pet food?

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Registered: 06-27-2000
Chicken in your pet food?
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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.

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Community Leader
Registered: 11-21-2001
Mon, 09-23-2013 - 3:09pm

Well...this is scary.  As for the dog treats...that's been an ongoing issue with contaminated rawhides and other treats "made in China".

Here in VA Smithfield Foods is supposedly being sold to a Chinese interest.  Of course they say that there will be no change of employees and management but, unless you're an idiot, you "know" that is only for the short term.  Of course, now people will be afraid to buy anything from Smithfield Foods...which includes all of their great pork products.

Laura
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Registered: 06-27-2000
Tue, 09-24-2013 - 11:36am

The Smithfield thing is too bad.  I quit buying their stuff, too.  Also Tyson, because my parents lived in that area of Arkansas and saw first hand how the birds and the poor workers are treated.  I avoid buying anything from China, but now it sounds like the almighty greed of American companies will do their very best to hide the connection.  Fortunately, there's a great butcher shop nearby that only uses local meats which now will get all my business.  I only feed my pets 4Health food, which comes from Tractor Supply and is used by 4H farmers.  No grains and high quality ingredients!

Barbara

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Community Leader
Registered: 11-21-2001
Wed, 09-25-2013 - 1:58pm

It is sad about Smithfield because I know that within a year or so many people are going to be out of work one way or the other.  I'm sure that top management will stay to transition, but then they'll leave with their huge severance packages.

I know it sounds terrible but, many years ago my DH worked for an Investment firm.  It was a small company and he did portfolio accounting there.  He really liked his job and got along well with everyone.  Many of his co-workers were oriental and he would often come home with various "delicacies" that the women would bring him.

A new supervisor was hired; he was also oriental.  Suddenly my DH could do nothing right.  With the years of great performance reviews he suddenly wasn't doing his job "correctly".  He began talking to other people in the firm and one of the managers told him that his new supervisor was trying to only hire orientals for his department.  DH was so depressed but, thankfully, he was able to find another job that he liked.

So those poor Smithfield employees are toast.

Laura