China’s food safety system is decades behind ours. Here are some recent scandals. More than 300,000 Chinese children suffered illness, and several have died, from melamine-tainted baby milk powder. Dangerously high levels of mercury have been found in Chinese baby formula. More than $1 million worth of rat and other small mammal meat has been sold to Chinese consumers as lamb.
Some so-called experts have tried to argue that it doesn’t make economic sense to ship U.S. chickens 7,000 miles to a Chinese processing plant, cut it up, cook it, freeze it, repack it, then ship it another 7,000 miles back to the U.S. But that process is already being used for U.S. seafood that is sold everyday in U.S. markets. According to the Seattle Times, U.S.-domestic Pacific salmon and Dungeness crab are now being shipped to China, processed there, and then shipped back to the U.S. because of significant cost savings.
The best way to remove the 36 pin bones on a salmon is by hand. U.S. poultry processors are paid roughly $11 per hour, but Chinese chicken workers are paid only $1 to $2 per hour. So get ready for chickens from China.
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