I’m not the only one scratching my head at the logic behind this, am I? Apparently not, as evidenced by several posts from all over the Internet. In case you’re not sure exactly what I’m talking about, here’s the rundown:
Back in 2014, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) gave four companies from China the go-ahead to ship chicken products into the United States.
This is especially odd since, as per USDA law, the only chickens these Chinese companies will be able to export to America will first have to pass USDA standards… which only apply to three countries: America, Canada and Chile.
So, to put it in even simpler terms:
Behind this law, chickens would have to be exported to China, fiddled with (however said companies choose to fiddle with our dead feathered friends), then exported back to the United States.
I don’t know about you, but I’m not too keen on eating any chicken that’s been bounced around like that. No thanks, I’ll buy local – Hell, I’d grow my own if I didn’t live in the city.
What’s even more alarming about the 2014 decision is that it came right after a series of food safety scares from China that affected the business of even our good old friend McDonald’s, who, as we’ve covered, has a whole range of chicken problems already.
Speaking to the Houston Chronicle, National Chicken Council spokesman Tom Super summed up what most of us might think… at first glance, anyway:
“Think about it: A Chinese company would have to purchase frozen chicken in the U.S., pay to ship it 7,000 miles, unload it, transport it to a processing plant, unpack it, cut it up, process/cook it, freeze it, repack it, transport it back to a port, then ship it another 7,000 miles. I don’t know how anyone could make a profit doing that.”
BUT, as Bureau of Labor Statistics data estimates, American poultry workers are paid about $11 per hour. In China? Try $1 to $2 per hour.
So this has the potential to become something much more dangerous than any typical economic battle.
It could become a battle between safety and health and corporations’ desire to save a buck.
Check out this video report for even more information: