US congresswoman Rosa DeLauro opposes USDA approval of Chinese poultry

USA - Amidst tarrifs imposed against its major trading partners and a tense trade war with China, Rosa DeLauro challenges the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to stay vigilant
calendar icon 27 July 2018
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In a letter Congresswoman DeLauro wrote to Secretary Sonny Perdue, DeLauro raises issue with the "passivity" of FSIS's auditing of poultry processors in China and the USDA's approval of three new plants.

She explains that FSIS granted equivalency to the entire poultry processing system in China despite only auditing a select number of them, which is a concern not least owing to"multiple antibiotic-resistant genes being carried by the country's commercial chicken flock."

In the letter she includes excerpted email correspondance showing that FSIS accepted the CNCA proposal and disparages the exchange pointing out that it is inappropriate to carry out such a process simply over email and undermines the inspection of the oversight process.

To read the letter in full, click here

Ryan Johnson

Editor at The Poultry Site

Ryan worked in conservation from 2008 to 2017, during which time he operated a rainbow trout hatchery and helped to maintain public and protected green spaces in Canada for the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. As editor of The Poultry Site, he now writes about challenges and opportunities in agriculture across the globe.

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