Eagle Forum Legislative Alerts

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Will Future Chickens Come From China?

Chickens slaughtered and processed in China could be on U.S. grocery store shelves one year from now. The U.S. Department of Agriculture notified Communist China in September that four of its processing plants have been cleared to begin processing chickens hatched in the U.S., and then shipped to China, where they are prepared to be shipped back to the American market. “Cleared” means that the U.S. has certified that those Chinese facilities are equivalent to similar facilities in the United States. I don’t believe the U.S. could possibly know whether or not Chinese facilities are equivalent to American because the Chinese simply do not allow the kind of thorough inspections that American plants are subject to. Given Communist China’s recent history and reputation for lack of food safety, many people are very nervous about the prospect of eating chickens that are processed in China.

Senator Charles Schumer of New York announced a long list of horror stories of contaminated food in China, ranging from eggs with toxic levels of melamine to rat that was labeled as lamb in Shanghai. Chinese baby milk killed lots of babies after melamine was purposely added to conceal the low protein count. And then there is the threat of another bird-flu outbreak. That’s one of the reasons why the United States has never before allowed the importation of chickens grown and slaughtered in China.

So-called free trade with Communist China is already bringing us fish raised in sick rivers in China such as the Yangtze. By the time the fish get to the fish ponds where they are harvested, the water has accumulated raw sewage, agricultural pesticides, and the heavy metal output of poorly regulated industrial plants. Let’s be clear about this: the shrimp and tilapia from China.

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