The ban on processed chicken imports from China was terminated by the USDA, and now this product is sold all over the United States without specified country of origin.
Now, let’s talk about facts. This year alone, there was an outbreak of the among live fowl in fresh meat markets in China, dead pigs were found in the waters of Shanghai, rat meat was passed off and so on…
Chickens will be first slaughtered in the U.S. and then shipped to China for processing and re-export. But, as reported by New York Times, USDA inspectors won’t be present in the Chinese processing plants, so people who consume the chickens won’t have guarantees of the origins of the meat they are supposed to consume. Moreover, the USDA won’t demand point-of-origin labeling, because their policy asks no point-of-origin labeling for cooked foods. The situation with the seafood is similar.
As reported by the Seattle Times, due to the dramatic cost savings, domestically caught Pacific salmon and Dungeness crab are being processed in China and shipped back to the U.S.
“There are 36 pin bones in a salmon and the best way to remove them is by hand. Something that would cost us $1 per pound labor here, they get it done for 20 cents in China” stated Charles Bundrant, the founder of Trident, which ships around 30 million pounds of its 1.2 billion-pound annual harvest to China for processing.
It looks like our wellbeing is not the top priority of the USDA.
They should have pursued another goal, as there were attempts by U.S. beef and poultry producers to lift the restrictions in order to stimulate Beijing to reciprocate and open its huge market to more U.S. meat exports.