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January 30, 2006

US importing more Chinese poultry?

An understandably dumbfounded reader sent me the link to a story in American Chronicle: Harkin Urges USDA to Reconsider Proposal that Would Allow Processed Poultry Imports from China.

In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) urged the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to reconsider a proposal that would allow imports of processed poultry from China in light of the country's outbreaks of avian flu.

To date, ten people and more than 154,000 birds have died from avian flu in China, and over 22.5 million birds have been culled to control the disease.

Harkin expressed doubts about USDA's ability to enforce food safety standards in China to protect against avian flu, and questioned why USDA is changing its policy towards Chinese processed poultry imports at a time when the H5N1 avian influenza strain is devastating Asia's poultry sector.

ded too. As the American philosopher Butch Cassidy once asked the Sundance Kid, "Who are these guys?"

Posted by dymaxion at January 30, 2006 09:27 PM

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