Schumer calls for strict measures on processed chicken from China
ALBANY, N.Y. - United States Senator Chuck Schumer is looking to crackdown on processed chicken sold in the U.S.
Schumer is calling on the USDA to take dramatic measures to ensure the safety of chickens that are processed in China and sold in the U.S. The Department will rule that chickens raised in the U.S. can be processed at plants in mainland China then sold to consumers back home.
Schumer said this can pose a serious risk of food borne illness, noting that Chinese food products have a poor food-safety track record.
He hopes to increase the number of on-the-ground audits and inspections of the Chinese inspection system and all Chinese facilities where meat is processed and increase inspection of chicken meat shipped back to the United States with the highest level of scrutiny and frequency, to ensure meat is safe for consumption and originated in the United States.
There have been a number of tainted food incidents from China's exported food, stated Schumer, including maggots in pasta and glass chips in pumpkin seeds.
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