China may be moving closer to legally exporting processed cooked chicken to the United States. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has received from China a list of four plants that the country has certified as eligible to export processed chicken here. But before exportation can occur, China must develop a proper export health certificate that demonstrates that the poultry was raised and slaughtered in the U.S., Canada or Chile and that it was cooked to a proper temperature. At a Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) hearing Tuesday, Daniel Engeljohn, assistant administrator for the Office of Field Operations within USDA’s Food
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If media reports prove to be true, the U.S. Department of Agriculture shut down the Rancho Feeding slaughterhouse in northern California because the facility was processing cows with eye cancer. The official reason was because Rancho had “processed diseased and unsound animals.” What happened at Rancho is the subject of an ongoing investigation by USDA’s Inspector General (IG) and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Northern California. This past Friday, Daniel Engeljohn, who oversees field operations for USDA’s Food Service and Inspection Service (FSIS), met with area ranchers and congressional staff. Engeljohn reportedly said the investigation is going to take at
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