The business of food is convoluted for sure. Why can’t I buy raw milk from a local dairy? Government regulations, under the guise of food safety, prohibit the sale of raw milk because it might be unsafe, it could make us sick. We certainly can’t be trusted to make that decision.
The USDA and FDA want to make sure the food we eat is safe, or do they?
Now, hold the phone! The USDA just approved the processing of chicken in China! Can we not process our own chicken here in the United States or Canada?
From what I understand, initially the chicken will be raised in the United States or Canada. The chicken will be harvested, cooked (although there is some debate on if the chicken will be cooked or raw before shipping) and then shipped to China for processing, returning to the USA in the form of nuggets or maybe those chunks of chicken in frozen pot pies or floating in that can of chicken noodle soup.
Will we know which products contain chicken processed in China? Of course not!
The Chinese processing plants will verify that the chicken is raised in the USA or Canada and because the chicken is processed there will be NO country of origin label required.
Will the USDA have inspectors in these processing plants? Of course not!
A recent FDA investigation has tied tainted dog chicken jerky from China to the death of 500 dogs and the illness of 2,500 animals.
Personally, I would rather take my chances with that raw milk from the local dairy farmer.
Any of you that have followed my blog on AllRecipes know how passionate I am about food and food safety. There is no doubt in my mind that no parent would intentionally feed their children poison. When it comes to our children’s safety go to extremes to protect them.
I ask you then, why is a trip to McDonald’s considered a treat?
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