Why did the chicken cross the Pacific? Some wish this was only a prelude to a punchline but reality is there is a legitimate answer to that question.
Recently, four chicken processing plants in China have been given the O.K. by USDA. That means that chicken produced in the U.S. can be shipped to China for processing and then shipped back to the U.S. to be marketed.
“Because all outstanding issues have been resolved, China may proceed with certifying a list of establishments eligible to export processed (heat-treated/cooked) poultry products to the United States, as long as the raw poultry is sourced from countries that FSIS determined to have a poultry slaughter inspection system equivalent to the U.S. system,” the report authors wrote.
This raises a number of questions in my mind, with the first one being “why”? I have never heard of a shortage of processors here in the States.… Continue reading