Thursday, September 19, 2013

China To Process US Chickens

USDA to Allow China to Process Chickens, Ship Back to U.S.
"The U.S. Department of Agriculture [is] allowing chicken raised and slaughtered in the U.S. to be exported to China for processing, and then shipped back to the U.S. and sold on grocery shelves here.
No country-of-origin labels are required under the new rules, so consumers won't know where their bird is coming from."
All that importing and exporting seems like a waste of energy. I suppose someone is making money from it.


Angela and Melinda said...

That's really outrageous! And it seems so pointless. Just another way for companies to charge the same for a product yet pay much, much less for its production. I remember that post you did some years back about seafood being shipped here from Malaysia, and the disgusting state in which it arrived. Glad I don't eat meat.

caulfieldkid said...

I'm sorry, but I don't understand how anyone thinks this is a good idea.

Putting the issue of environment/resources aside, who's to say the chicken we send is the chicken(?) we get back? Who is checking for basic food safety practices in these Chinese plants? And I'm sorry, but I would like to see the math on how it's more profitable for U.S. companies. What's the average cost per pound of chicken that comes from labor?

Seems to me, that someone is trying to get around oversight and therein lies the profit. The consumer is getting a pig in a poke.

Bix said...

It's "ri-dic-a-lus," as Judge Judy would say.