Chicken from China? That's not safe!
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is considering allowing poultry products processed in China to be shipped to the U.S. This questionable proposal has been in the works for years, and if it's finalized now, it would allow big corporations to ship raw poultry to China, process it there where costs (and safety standards) are lower, then ship it back to the U.S. to sell.
This plan might save these agribusiness giants some money, but it's no bargain for consumers. Chinese food safety problems are constantly in the news, and even the USDA admits that Chinese safety standards are too dangerous to allow raw poultry to be shipped back to the U.S. — but for some reason, poultry that's cooked and processed there is okay with the USDA. To make matters worse, a loophole in the country of origin labeling rules means that processed poultry products from China wouldn't have to be labeled as such.
Food & Water Watch strongly supports Representative Rosa DeLauro's efforts to stop this move by the USDA. Representative DeLauro has led efforts to block Chinese poultry imports since she was the chair of the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee.
Please sign the petition below to stop the import of chicken from China. We'll deliver your signature directly to your elected officials.
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Keep Chinese Chicken Out of Our Supermarkets and School Meals
To: The Honorable Mark Pryor, The Honorable Robert Aderholt, The Honorable Roy Blunt, The Honorable Sam Farr, President Barack Obama and The Honorable Tom Vilsack
We urge Congress, President Obama and his Administration to stop chicken from or processed in China from reaching our supermarkets and the meals we feed our school children by
(1) ensuring that Chinese-processed chicken is not included in the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program, and
(2) preventing funds from being used to implement any rule that would allow poultry raised or slaughtered in China to be exported to the United States.
This is a matter of national public health safety. Thank you for protecting American consumers and school children from any potential food safety risks posed by chicken raised, slaughtered or processed in China.
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