Sketchy Chinese chicken could soon be on your dinner plate
It’s an unappetizing prospect.
A trade agreement between the US and China means that cooked chicken from a country with an appalling food-safety track record could soon be on dinner plates in the United States.
The USDA last year deemed that China’s slaughter and processing of poultry meets minimum standards for export to the US, and now the country — known for deadly pet food, glow-in-the-dark meat, and bleach-soaked mushrooms — can send cooked chicken into the US under a new trade deal announced Friday that is meant to increase the US’s exports to China.
But advocates say the news should make consumers sick to their stomachs because of China’s grimey food-safety track record.
“Recently, employees of the U.S.-based meat processing company OSI, which operates plants in the [People’s Republic of China], were charged with selling adulterated poultry meat to Chinese restaurants, including KFC and McDonald’s,“ said Wenonah Hunter, Executive Director of Food & Water Watch, in a statement. “And let’s not forget the hundreds of dogs that have died from eating poultry jerky treats imported from the PRC.”
That’s right, chicken from China is so bad it kills dogs — 1,140 between 2007 and 2016, according to a USDA report. In addition, more than 6,200 dogs, 26 cats and even three people were sickened by the “treats,” according to federal figures.
And that’s just an appetizer compared to food-related epidemics inside the Asian nation.