U.S. Inspectors Take Steps to Ensure Chinese Chicken Imports are Safe, Perdue Says

U.S. Inspectors Take Steps to Ensure Chinese Chicken Imports are Safe, Perdue Says

In an interview with CNBC, Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue said tight U.S. food inspections should bolster American consumer confidence in these imports.

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July 18, 2017
Food Safety

In an interview with CNBC, Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue said tight U.S. food inspections should bolster American consumer confidence in these products.

In last month's trade agreement with China, the U.S. agreed to allow Chinese cooked poultry to enter U.S. markets in exchange for China bringing back U.S. beef imports.

"We're talking about cooked chicken," said Perdue, indicating uncooked chicken generally poses a greater food safety risk. "The good thing about it is our food safety inspection agency, in the USDA, does a marvelous job."

Perdue, a former governor of Georgia, also said Chinese chicken won't hurt American poultry producers. "I don't think there's really any fear of major chicken poultry protein coming the U.S."

Source: CNBC