China's poultry products deemed safe

US - China will be able to export fully cooked poultry products to the United States next month despite the presence of bird flu in that nation, because U.S. health and agriculture authorities have determined that adequate safeguards are in place.

One safeguard is that the processed poultry products must originate in countries already approved to export to the United States, such as Canada, or the United States itself.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service and the National Chicken Council, which represents big poultry processors such as Tyson Foods, are on record as supporting the Chinese imports, effective May 24.

Florida agriculture officials said Wednesday that the plan sounds safe.

"We have full confidence in the USDA," said Kevin Morgan, director of agricultural policy for the Florida Farm Bureau, the state's largest agriculture lobbying organization, in Gainesville.

Source: Orlando Sentinel
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