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Spending Bill Bans ‘Chinese Chicken’ From Federal Meal Programs

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A provision included in the $1.1-trillion spending bill Congress passed last week and which is now headed to the president’s desk prevents poultry processed in China from being used in the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program (Section 736 of Division A). Four Chinese poultry-processing plants have… Continue Reading

Chinese Demand for Dairy Products Spurs U.S. Exports

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What happens when 1.36 billion people in China migrate toward cities, draw middle-class wages and shift toward “Western” foods such as ice cream, cheese pizza and strawberry-flavored milk? One result: larger profits for U.S. dairy processors, who, like dairy exporters in other countries, are charging record prices for their products at home and abroad, according to… Continue Reading

FDA’s Taylor Visits China to Strengthen Food Safety Ties

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Today, 15 percent of America’s food supply is imported from other countries, including 80 percent of seafood and 50 percent of fresh fruit. An increasing amount of that food is coming from China, a country with a food safety track record that leaves many American consumers uneasy. Part of the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act… Continue Reading

FSIS Approves Chinese Plants for Poultry Processing

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Four Chinese poultry processing plants have been approved to export cooked chicken to the U.S. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has approved China’s export health certificate which demonstrates that poultry exported to the U.S. was raised and slaughtered in the U.S., Canada or Chile and that it was cooked… Continue Reading

Online Encyclopedia Helps Chinese Track Food Safety

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Last month, Bloomberg News profiled 28-year-old Wu Heng, the creator of a Wikipedia-like website for food safety violations in China. The article described how Wu felt victimized after discovering that pork can be chemically treated to look and taste just like beef, and he went on to start “Throwing It Out the Window,” a public encyclopedia where anyone… Continue Reading

Opiates: How to Keep Diners Coming Back for Chinese Noodles

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Drugged food is yet another safety concern to watch out for in China. A restaurant owner in Shaanxi Province has admitted to secretly infusing his noodles with poppy shells (from which opium is made) in order to keep diners coming back. The plan was reportedly working until he got caught. Police began their investigation after… Continue Reading

OSI Group Shrinks China Staff After Expired Meat Scandal

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Last year Aurora, IL-based OSI Group broke into the top 100 of the Forbes list of the largest privately held companies. But, in the past 60 days, OSI Group, with its “World of Food Solutions” motto, has been rapidly shrinking in China. At this point, OSI (China) might have preferred to let its Shanghai Husi… Continue Reading

Study: Flame Retardants in Baby Food Well Below Unsafe Levels

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The levels of flame retardant chemicals in baby food from the U.S. and China are well below levels considered unsafe, according to a new study conducted by researchers at the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA). In fact, the levels of flame retardants in baby food are lower than those in other… Continue Reading

Six Arrested in Chinese Scandal Over Expired Meat

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Chinese authorities in Shanghai have arrested six officials and employees from a subsidiary of the U.S. food supplier OSI Group in connection with the scandal involving expired meat served at a number of Western food chain franchises in China, according to Channel News Asia. The six, who were arrested this past Friday, work for Shanghai… Continue Reading

Chinese Citrus Fruit Could be Cleared for U.S. Import: APHIS Invites Comments

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China will have to jump through some hoops, but it may soon be able to sell previously barred citrus fruit in the United States, specifically fresh pomelo, mandarin orange, ponkan (tangerine), sweet orange and Satsuma mandarin fruit. On Thursday, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) published the proposed rule, which would allow the… Continue Reading