WASHINGTON (WIVB) - The agriculture department is under pressure to protect Americans from chickens that are processed in China then sent to the U.S.
Senator Charles Schumer wants USDA inspectors to inspect and test shipments of the meat to prevent Americans from being exposed to food borne illness.
"Safety has to come first, and if you raise chickens here in America, there are inspectors there every day, there are surprise visits, all kinds of standards. But if those chickens are processed in China, the standards are much lower and Americans' food safety is at risk," Sen. Schumer argued.
Schumer says increased testing will also ensure that the chicken being processed in China is actually raised and slaughtered in the United States.
He would also like meat coming from China to be labeled, and cites recent scandals such as rat meat sold as lamb and milk laced with a cancer-causing chemical as justification for the proposal.
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