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Chicken from China? Your Seafood is Already Being Processed There

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Thanks to our Change.org petition (307,000-plus signatures and rising), millions of Americans have learned that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is about to allow U.S chickens to be sent to China for processing and then shipped back to the U.S. for human consumption. This arrangement is particularly alarming given China’s appalling food safety record and… Continue Reading

Report: Largest Outbreak in German History Caused by Imported Strawberries

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The largest recorded foodborne illness outbreak in German history was caused by frozen strawberries imported from China, according to a study published in the February issue of Eurosurveillance. At least 11,000 cases of norovirus were reported by 390 institutions – mostly schools and childcare facilities – between Sept. 19 and Oct. 7, 2012. Epidemiologists were… Continue Reading

Chinese Court Empowers Consumers to Sue Over Unsafe Food

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Beginning March 15, Chinese consumers will have support from the courts in their efforts to sue manufacturers and retailers of unsafe food and pharmaceuticals, according to the South China Morning Post. The ruling, announced last week, encourages members of the public to take legal action against those who make or market harmful food, drugs, cosmetics… Continue Reading

Advocates Petition Congress to Block Chinese Chicken

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Food safety advocates have launched a Change.org petition aimed at getting Congress to keep chicken from China off U.S. plates. The petition asks Congress and the Obama administration to ensure that Chinese-processed chicken is not included in the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service… Continue Reading

Tests Show Washington State Shellfish Safe Following Chinese Ban

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Laboratory tests on Washington state’s exotic shellfish export, the geoduck clam, have found no evidence of unsafe or excessive levels of arsenic, rebutting claims made by Chinese food safety authorities that followed a sudden ban placed on U.S. shellfish from the West Coast. The ban has already devastated shellfish growers in Washington, Alaska, Oregon and Northern… Continue Reading

FAQ: What’s Going on with Chinese Chicken Processing?

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Many people have had something to say about chicken and other poultry destined for U.S. tables potentially coming from or through China. The latest concerns come from 14 members of the House of Representatives who wrote to the chairmen and senior Democrats of subcommittees responsible for funding the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Since the issue… Continue Reading

China Bans Shellfish From U.S. West Coast for Arsenic and Toxin Levels

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China has suspended imports of shellfish from the West Coast of the United States after finding  high levels of arsenic and a toxin that causes paralytic shellfish poisoning in recent shipments of geoduck clams from Northwest waters. The indefinite ban affects clams, oysters and all other two-shelled bivalves harvested off the coast of Washington, Oregon, Alaska… Continue Reading

Imports and Exports: The Global Beef Trade

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Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture updated the nation’s stance on beef imports with regard to bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), the fatal affliction in cattle commonly known as “Mad Cow Disease.” The U.S. is moving to adopt international standards set forth by the World Organization for Animal Health, which bases trade policies on… Continue Reading