Skip to comments.The Chicken Fix (Look out - here it comes!)
Posted on 11/02/2009 9:24:41 PM PST by Selene
And now some welcome news for a change: In a little-noticed move, the U.S. Congress tore down a barrier to imports of chicken from China last week. It's a victory for free trade and for a more rational approach to safety standards.
President Obama signed an appropriations bill Wednesday that clears the way for the imports by allowing the U.S. Department of Agriculture to conduct in China the safety inspections U.S. law requires for any country exporting food to America. The congressional move in 2007 to block funding for those regulatory steps amounted to an import ban. Now USDA will go through its normal regulatory process to open the door to Chinese imports, which could take 18 months or so.
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I can't believe this is happening.
Kidney failure, anyone?
Agriculture used to be viewed as a militarily sensitive industry.
You can’t field a military without feeding them. Therefore we should never become dependent on foreign countries for food.
The only good news is that after all of the China food scares, few Americans are going to be willing to buy China raised chickens, FDA inspected or not.
Why not? We already import American Pie from China /s
We’ve got enough chicken in the Republican party leadership...
I was thinking more lead than a DieHard battery...
You will never know if Chinese chicken is in restaurant food, not to mention frozen dinners.
I already avoid all shrimp.
We do have options in my neck of the woods. Chukar partridge, quail and cottontail rabbits. Grown in America and just a gunshot away. If I see a chicken with grown in China stamped on it's ass I'll take a pass.
I read that American chicken producers are developing their own farms in China, then exporting the chicken to the states. So, it’ll say ‘Tyson,’ but come from China, where who knows what was done in the process.
There is enough filth in the American chicken production
process; we certainly don’t need to go to China to import impurities and sickness.
Just about every month I find another reason to stay vegan.
Are serious? Life without meat is like a life without sunshine.
Payback’s a MFer. RE: support for hitlery.
Why would anyone want those diseased chickens? I’m surprised that Dems are wanting this. Don’t they know that Domestic agriculture has a smaller Carbon Footprint.
Wow! That makes me feel better. We get outbreaks of Ecoli from Mexican produce and they are not halfway around the world.
It's sometimes quite difficult determining the nation of origin of food ingredients, but that does not stop me from inquiring.
Life without meat is just fine. I thought it would be hard, but it isn’t at all. Besides, I make some mean vegan ribz: http://blog.fatfreevegan.com/2007/05/barbecued-seitan-ribz.html.
That is the truth.
I work for a company that is developing a turbine that runs on poultry waste. They can power their farms on something they would normally have to pay to dispose of.
It's because they hate the American people.
“Just about every month I find another reason to stay vegan.”
There will never be such a reason!!!!
They had better have to clearly mark any chicken as originating in China so I can avoid it. I don’t even want to think of what kind of problems this will bring. And so what if we banned it outright, since they haven’t complied with even pet food regulations to date.
Yeah, our trade "leadership" is really in question. Our annual trade deficit is around $700 billion now, and $266 billion deficit with China in 2008.
And will these Chinese chicken products be labeled at to country of origin? Many have been blocking that bit of information for US consumers, for years.
As to your first point: no one in their right mind. As to your second point, carbon footprint only matters when it is a tool of controlling the masses and making the likes of al gore powerful and wealthy.
mmmm mmmmm mmmmm!
Newt—tastes like chicken.
We will have to agree to disagree on this matter.
Anyone who buys Chinese chickens is an idiot.
Yikes, your right.
You're probably right. They were Clinton friends as I remember.
Watch our poultry industry become noncompetitive real fast. But according to the Obama method of looking at things: They are based in states not on our team> screw them...
I would rephrase that. He acts like one.
Let me know when that thing is ready for sale...
Why did the Newt cross the road?
Now you can’t say “mmmm mmmm mmmm” without the obligatory “Barack Hussein Obama”!!!!!
If it will run on bullcrap then the emissions from Washington DC alone could light up the world.
The Chinese don’t care for their animals well. PETA won’t have any chicken farms here to picket.
A flaw in your logic. If the Chinese are growing the chickens to export to The U.S. they can keep the nasty parts we won't eat.
Probably can make more by doing that than importing muslims to butcher chickens grown in the US.
To sell a book or some other crap. You tell me.
The only plus I can see is PETA trying a protest in China. That would prove to be interesting.
They would and no doubt will.
But I suspect Tyson enjoys significant competitive advantages at present because of the size and number of U.S. facilities they have.
That advantage will disappear when anybody can import cheap chickens from China.
I don’t even eat chicken now except a sinful KFC crispy occasionally. That stuff is full of hormones, drugs etc already, what’s the Chinese stuff going to contain.
Wish we could get a true free range 5 or 6lb bird to roast instead of plastic wrapped fryer “parts”. Yuk.
I knew they'd figure out a way to get that virus over here...
See post #10. I understand this is not an option for everyone but it points in the right direction.
I don’t want any food from China. Why is Congress forcing this down our throats?
China melamine scandal prompts mass chicken cull
Fri Oct 31, 2008 BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese farmers, hurt by a spreading melamine scandal, slaughtered tens of thousands of chickens, state media said on Friday, as authorities in Shanghai began checks on feed producers for local fisheries.
Shanghai’s Livestock Office would check more than 100 feed producers in the city, and promised tests for the city’s seafood products if any feed were found to contain melamine, the Shanghai Daily newspaper said on Friday.
Melamine is a compound used in making plastic chairs and other things, but is often added to food to cheat nutrition tests.
At least four children died and tens of thousands were made ill from drinking milk formula adulterated with melamine this year.
The melamine scandal has since spread to other dairy products, sweets and chocolate, prompting recalls of Chinese-made food around the world.
A rash of cases involving melamine-tainted eggs exported to Hong Kong and South Korea, and sold in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou, have aroused fears of how prevalent the compound is in Chinese animal feed.
Problem is, people won’t be able to tell which chicken is made in the USA
Apple juice is the same today. Any juice that comes from or uses concentrate is from china
Yea... This will end well... not
china owns us!
When we surrender our food production to communist countries then we are in deep deep trouble! I am putting on my tinfoil hat and suggesting that with all we have seen coming at us it seems as if Conress is not telling us everything! It is like they know that someone or something is holding a gun to our heads and if we do not conform to what ever world policies that are dictated to us then perhaps something bad will happen! America has been sold down the river! Short of a real revolution this crap will not stop untill The United States is no more.