Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Okay, this is getting ridiculous.

Eaten any shrimp that was farmed in China lately?
    In China, some farmers try to maximize the output from their small plots by flooding produce with unapproved pesticides, pumping livestock with antibiotics banned in the United States, and using human feces as fertilizer to boost soil productivity. But the questionable practices don't end there: Chicken pens are frequently suspended over ponds where seafood is raised, recycling chicken waste as a food source for seafood, according to a leading food safety expert who served as a federal adviser to the Food and Drug Administration.
If that doesn't put a damper on your appetite, perhaps this will:
    China's suspect agricultural practices could soon affect American consumers. Federal authorities are working on a proposal to allow chickens raised, slaughtered, and cooked in China to be sold here, and under current regulations, store labels do not have to indicate the meat's origin.

    According to the US Department of Agriculture , China's top agricultural export goal is opening the US market to its cooked chickens. Representative Rosa DeLauro , who is fighting the change, says China does not deserve entry to the coveted, closed poultry market.
Let me get this straight. The U.S., which has been to date notoriously incapable of keeping its domestic chicken supply free of contamination, is now planning to expose us to imported Chinese chicken, which is entirely unregulated? And labels would not have to tell us where our food comes from?


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