To the editor:
On Aug 31, 2013 the USDA quietly approved the export of slaughtered U.S. and Canadian grown poultry to China for processing. Finished products can be imported to the U.S. without a certificate of origin. USDA inspectors will not be in the processing plants in China. Given the poor track record of Chinese manufacturing, there are too many ways for this to go wrong. My first thought about this process was how is this economically feasible? The market will determine this accompanied with the usual pressure to get the product to market for the least cost. Frightening.
The U.S. enjoys the safest food supply in the world. Will this continue? I will no longer purchase any type of processed poultry in a restaurant or store unless the product contains a USDA stamp. This will include nuggets, tenders, patties, soups, deli meats and any other prepared meals.
Add to this the fact that Smithfield Farms is now owned by a Shanghai based company. Processed pork is probably the next item to become another Chinese export. Be aware.