You’ve followed our recent posts on the dangers of processed foods and tainted beef products… now there’s a new reason to be concerned about chicken as many brands are now processed overseas.
According the the USDA, it could have been raised here in the United States, then shipped to China for processing, then shipped back to us to adorn our tables for dinner.
Sure, China can do it cheaper — but what about the questionable food handling standards in China? And, what about inspections? And finally, what about the loss of jobs here in the US?
According to the USDA, no on-site inspections are planned for processing in China. To add insult to injury, the chicken does not have to be labeled as having come from China.
As reported by EatLocalGrown.com…
“Economically, it doesn’t make much sense,” said Tom Super, spokesman for the National Chicken Council, in a recent interview with the Houston Chronicle. “Think about it: A Chinese company would have to purchase frozen chicken in the U.S., pay to ship it 7,000 miles, unload it, transport it to a processing plant, unpack it, cut it up, process/cook it, freeze it, repack it, transport it back to a port, then ship it another 7,000 miles. I don’t know how anyone could make a profit doing that.”
But when you compare US labor rates for poultry processing at around $11 per hour against China’s labor rate of less than $2 per hour, it begins to make sense, in spite of the 14,000 mile round trip back to our dinner table!
EatLocalGrown also reports that a similar process is already being used for US seafood. According to the Seattle Times, domestically caught Pacific salmon and Dungeness crab are being processed in China and shipped back to the U.S. because of significant cost savings.
China’s food safety system has come into question many times in the recent past, from the thousands of Chinese children who have suffered illnesses from China’s tainted milk products, to dangerously high levels of mercury in their baby food, to the rat and other small mammal meat disguised in other Chinese meat products. Are you concerned? We are.
We want our readers to be aware of what the US Government is allowing in the name of cheap labor and the American people need to demand that at the very least, proper food labeling takes place so we can vote with our dollars.
What can you do about it now? You can buy locally farmed chicken or confirm your favorite brand is processing in the US.
Read more about overseas chicken processing at EatLocalGrown.com…