Everyone is always trying to figure out ways to get items at a lower price. But many times a lower price = a much 'cheaper' product. This happens with toys, clothes & food. The old quote, "you get what you pay for" isn't just necessarily about quality anymore - it is also effecting our health & well-being. Especially with the food that we consume - the food we feed our children.
I don't sign a bunch of petitions but their are some things that I feel strongly about. I want my children to be safe. I want to be given the chance to make an educated decision about what is REALLY in items I will be giving my children & allowing into my home.
Incase you haven't heard, to try to 'keep chicken costs down' the USA will allow chicken to be sent to China to be processed.
Please take a few minutes to see why this is a concern for so many.
The following was taken from The Lunch Tray - CLICK HERE to read the full article & to sign the petition.
"In late August, the USDA announced that it will allow four Chinese facilities to process poultry raised and slaughtered in the United States, Chile or Canada, and then export the cooked poultry products back into the United States. The USDA’s move is considered to be a preliminary step toward eventually allowing China to export its own raw poultry into this country, in exchange for China’s opening up its lucrative beef market to American beef producers.
A few weeks later, I posted here an exclusive report in which I determined that USDA had significantly misled parents regarding the possible inclusion of Chinese-processed chicken in school meals. In response to my reporting, USDA eventually corrected its website to admit (in a rather convoluted fashion) that such chicken could in fact appear on school lunch trays and in other federal child nutrition programs."
- More than 300,000 Chinese children have suffered illness, and several have died, from melamine-tainted milk powder.
- More than $1 million worth of rat and other small mammal meat has been sold to Chinese consumers as lamb.
- Last year, according to news reports, a Chinese poultry supplier provided Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants in China with chicken fattened by large quantities of illegal drugs.
- Here in our own country, the FDA recently warned pet owners not to feed their pets jerky treats from China. Since 2007, approximately 600 dogs and cats in the United States have mysteriously died, and 3,600 have been sickened from eating Chinese pet treats containing chicken or duck.
- Chinese facilities which process chicken for consumption in the U.S. will not have on-site USDA inspectors to ensure food safety.
- Chinese-processed chicken will not have to bear “Country Of Origin Labeling,” which means that consumers will not know if they are purchasing or eating chicken processed in China.
- Chinese-processed chicken, as my reporting showed, can be used in school meals and other federal child nutrition programs, despite the fact that children are particularly vulnerable to foodborne illnesses and dangerous chemicals.
- A December 2013 USDA audit found that China’s poultry slaughter system is not yet equivalent to that of the United States in terms of food safety practices.
- The New York Times reported earlier this month that toxic soil and water pollution in some areas of China is causing growing concern over the safety of food produced in that country.
- Bloomberg News reported that at a press conference last summer, one of China’s own food safety officials essentially admitted that his country can’t meet the food safety standards of more developed nations.
As I learned from my 2012 petition, our governmental officials do listen when we join our voices together. Please lend your signature to this important effort to ensure the safety of our food. Thank you!
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