Why did the chicken cross the ocean?

Key West chickens trying to cross the road.

To increase shareholder value, silly! What could possibly go wrong?

Scores of Americans are in an uproar since Food Safety News revealed the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will soon allow U.S. chickens to be sent to China for processing before being shipped back to the states for human consumption.

This arrangement is especially disturbing given China’s subpar food safety record and the fact that there are no plans to station on-site USDA inspectors at Chinese plants. Also, American consumers won’t know which brands of chicken are processed in China because there’s no requirement to label it as such.

To ease concerns, lobbyists and chicken industry proponents argue no U.S. company will ever ship chicken to China for processing because it wouldn’t work economically.

[…] Yet, a similar process is already being used for U.S. seafood.

H/t Seth Okin.

4 thoughts on “Why did the chicken cross the ocean?

  1. So the cost of transport hither and yon is less than the cost of labor? Fuck that. And the FRESHNESS guarantee too? Not to mention the inspections.
    Actually I thought labor costs in China were rising pretty dramatically. But anyhoo the transport costs will be rising dramatically when we get rid of the megaships with megapolluting fuel that produce as much pollution as the entire fleet of autos in the world.

  2. Most of your “local” bridal shops? They’re getting the dresses made in China. And a lot of kitchen cabinet makers get everything made in China, then assemble them here, so they’re “made in America”!

  3. Oh for God’s sake! The telling thing is no requirement to let anyone know who’s poisoning them. I’ll go back to buying birds from local farmers.

  4. Found some catnip at CVS that claimed (on the front) to be “grown in North America” while the back of the bag stated the product was “made in China” – so the catnip was grown in N. America then shipped to China in order to be put in a plastic bag then shipped back here for sale?

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