USDA approves bizarre rule to ship un-labeled chicken to the U.S.

China is where many of our products originate, but soon our chicken will originate in the U.S, be shipped to China for processing, and then be shipped back again.
The USDA have approved U.S reared chicken to be shipped over to China, where companies will get a cheaper deal on the processing of the chicken, and then be shipped back over again, all as a cost cutting measure.
The chicken will be processed in Chinese factories without U.S officials present, and then when it is shipped back, will not require a country of origin label.
The whole process means that confusion between U.S chicken and imported foreign meat will be impossible to determine, and this has raised fears due to previous problems with Chinese meat and avian influenza and food-borne illnesses.
The very fact that it is cheaper to ship and process chicken in China than in the U.S really makes you wonder just how cheap the Chinese labor force is, and how the standards are upheld in accordance with this.
Tom Super, spokesman for the National Chicken Council said in an interview:
“Economically, it doesn’t make much sense, 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.”
However dubious the process sounds, it does work, as the same procedure is being used for U.S seafood.
Charles Bundrant, founder of Trident, who ship much of their caught seafood to China for processing said:
“There are 36 pin bones in a salmon and the best way to remove them is by hand,”and “Something that would cost us $1 per pound labor here, they get it done for 20 cents in China.”

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