We can now freely get processed chicken from China. How bad can this be? This literally means that this chicken is sold throughout the entire country, and the origin is not listed.
Will you still eat chicken nuggets if you know that they are processed in China without being supervised by the USDA?
Here are a few facts. Remember the outbreak of the live fowls in fresh meat markets in several cities in China? And the dead pigs found in the waters of Shanghai? The rat meat?
The chickens are slaughtered in the US, and then shipped to China where the meat is processed and re-exported.
According to New York Times, Chinese process the meat without being supervised by USDA inspectors. This means that there is no guarantee of the origin of the chicken you eat.
Once the processing is done, the USDA does not require that producers label the origin, because they do not require point-of-origin labeling for processed foods.
So, you cannot really make a difference between your Chinese and American chicken nuggets. The same applies to seafood.
Seattle Times says that domestically caught Pacific salmon and Dungeness crab are shipped to China for processing and re-export. Wonder why? It is all about cost savings.
Charles Bundrant, the founder of Trident, ships about 30 million pounds of about 1.2 billion pound harvest to China. For processing, of course. “There are 36 pin bones in a salmon and the best way to remove them is by hand. Something that would cost us $1 per pound labor here, they get it done for 20 cents in China.”
This is another proof that the USDA does not care about our best interest.