The controversial importation of processed chicken from China came to an end as the USDA recently lifted the prohibition.
What is more, you cannot tell from which country the processed chicken emanated from as to ensure fair play in the market there is no indication of any country of origin stated.
There is still scepticism about processed chicken from China, the reservation is not unfounded as it is on record that the USDA do not have inspectors in China and are not able to inspect every single import.
Are The Fears Of People Unfounded?
In China there has been outbreaks of bird flu. There is also a suspicion of unhealthy processing methods taking place in China with a lot of compromise on standard operating procedures with rather relevant food safety regulating bodies not being effective at enforcing compliance.
The problem is the chicken is at first slaughtered in the United States after which they are exported to China where they are processed and then re-exported to the United States.
The USDA as mentioned earlier do not have representatives in China and have to rely on the local food, health and safety agencies which as stated before, tend to treat the processing of chicken especially those for re-export with kids gloves!
One thing that people are also opposed to is the fact that you can’t tell were your chicken nugget originates from; this is also the case in sea food products.
There is a lot of cost saving benefits when you send slaughtered chicken to China for processing because of cheaper labour and processing costs when compared with processing of chicken in the U.S.
A case in point is Trident which is owned by Charles Bundrant and his company exports salmon fish to China for processing because there are approximately 36 tiny bones in salmon that can only be extracted by hand. It is cost effective exporting the salmon to China for processing rather than processing in the U.S as it will cost only 20 cents per fish in China to extract the pin bones and over $1 per fish in the United States.
It is the job of the USDA however to protect the American consumer at all times and the fear is with this latest lifting of the ban on processed chicken from China their job has just being compromised.