Sending Office: Honorable Rosa L. DeLauro
TODAY: Wednesday October 11th
in RHOB 2456
11:30 am – 12:30 pm
In 2006, the USDA’s Food and Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) granted equivalency to China’s poultry processing system, allowing China to export cooked poultry meat to the United States. This June, the first shipment of processed poultry from China arrived
in the United States, despite widespread concerns over the safety of poultry processing plants in China.
Food safety violations are an ongoing problem in China. Last year, China was caught in a food safety scandal after 500,000 illegal food safety violations were filed in the first three quarters of the year. More information on these violations can be found
A recent study found 87 percent of chicken sold in Chinese super markets contained drug-resistant bacteria, projected to kill more people than cancer if distributed worldwide. More estimates on the impact of this Chinese chicken superbug can be found
In order to shed light on the enduring concerns over the introduction of Chinese chicken into the American food supply, we have invited the following distinguished speakers to provide their insights on the issue:
Tony Corbo, Senior lobbyist for the food campaign at Food & Water Watch who has been following the Chinese poultry equivalency issue since 2005.
Yanzhong Huang, Senior fellow for global health, Council on Foreign Relations; Professor, Seton Hall University School of Diplomacy and International Relations.
Dr. Barbara Kowalcyk, Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University, Department of Food Science & Technology; Co-founder of the Center for Foodborne Illness Research & Prevention (CFI), a national non-profit organization
dedicated to preventing foodborne disease.
Given China’s demonstrably poor food safety record, I believe it is unacceptable to take unnecessary risks with the health of Americans, and encourage you to join me in learning more about this issue at Wednesday’s compelling briefing.
Rosa L. DeLauro
Member of Congress
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