What you’ll read in this article is certainly shocking, but the truth needs to come out. The loving chicken nuggets we eat almost on a daily basis are not so harmless as advertised. It’s not about the nutritional profile (which is just plain wrong), it’s something worse. Apparently, the chicken nuggets on the American market are not American at all – instead, they’re pretty low-quality meat that has been processed in China!
Although the USDA has restricted the number of Chinese companies that are allowed to export poultry to the USA, most of the chicken meat that’s in our markets doesn’t even have a point of origin label. China and food safety are words you can’t put in the same sentence. Almost anything produced on a large scale in China is dangerous for consumption. Take the plastic rice or cabbage for example – some Chinese companies craft incredibly identical rice grains and cabbage leaves from plastic, and this passes our inspections and is allowed in our markets! Eating plastic rice is dangerous and can have detrimental effects on our health.
The good news is that the chickens we eat are slaughtered by a country that’s allowed to ship chicken meat to the USA. However, the next step is to send the slaughtered chicken back to China, where they’ll be processed and re-exported to the USA. The bad news is that there isn’t USDA inspection in the chicken processing plants, which means that we’re getting meat that has a suspicious quality.
No point of origin labels
The USDA doesn’t require producers to label their cooked foods for point of origin. As the chicken is processed in China, the meat doesn’t require the label. This means that you can’t be sure that the chicken nuggets are indeed from China, or some godforsaken place that you can’t even find on the map. This also puts in question the quality of the meat itself.
The same happens with US seafood. The processing of the popular Dungeness crab and Pacific salmon occurs in China, but then the seafood is exported to the USA without any kind of inspection. Charles Bundrant, the founder of Trident, says that the best way to remove the tiny bones from salmon is by hand. In order to cut costs, his company does this in China, then the meat is exported to the USA. In America, this job would cost $1 per hour, while in China, it costs about 20 cents.
As it seems, the USDA isn’t thinking about the American customers – they only think about the profits of the meat industry. US beef isn’t allowed for import in China, so the beef and poultry industry hope that Beijing will open up the market for them. The goal of the USDA is reasonable, but shouldn’t be done at the expense of food safety and probably our health as well.
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