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FSIS Declares China’s Poultry-Slaughter System Not Equivalent

On Sunday evening, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service declared that China’s poultry-slaughter system is not equivalent and so poultry slaughtered in China is not allowed to be imported to the United States.

The statement comes after a press release from Sen. Chuck Schumer’s office questioned the equivalency of China’s poultry-slaughter system.

In December 2010, China requested FSIS to evaluate its poultry-slaughter system, and FSIS was legally obligated to move forward with an audit. FSIS has not released the results of this audit as it has not been finalized. If the audit reveals food-safety issues with China’s poultry-slaughter system, then China will be required to take corrective actions and then be audited again in order for the process to continue.

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  • Oginikwe

    It’s beyond foolish to import so much food from China. We can and should feed ourselves.

  • Anon


  • we do need to buy from our local farms and forget importing. then they can spend more time making our own foods up to par

  • Marco Polo

    Knowing how China has already poisoned babies and pets in the U.S., it’s appalling that there would be any thought of importing future food products from them with less than stellar tactics and a verified record of food product contamination. I will never purchase any imported pork from the once American Co., Smithfield Farms, either.

  • Anon

    One question……if their poultry slaughter system is not equivalent to us….How can their poultry processing system be equivalent to us???????

  • flame

    They will make ‘just’ enough corrections to get the FSIS to pass them on food-safety. Once that is done the U.S. consumers who purchase and/or eat chicken will be at the mercy of China; which doesn’t even care about their own Chinese citizens food-safety.

  • flame

    This country can’t even assure food safety that’s grown and/or processed in this country. Even the imported foods to this country aren’t inspected as they should be. Many countries we import food from still use pesticides, fertilizers and chemicals the U.S. has banned from use in this country.

  • Arielle

    I make it a rule to never purchase any food from China. I used to buy Smithfield hams, and now I will no longer be purchasing those.

  • John Mark Carter

    Americans buy Chinese import food for the same reason we love to buy so many other products from China. They cost about half as much as American-made goods. Americans are taught from birth that money=success. The Chinese have learned our game. So now we get to save half of our money/success, but we send the other half to China.
    BTW, Smithfield hams are still all made in the USA.