USDA SAYS OKAY TO SHIP U.S. CHICKENS TO CHINA FOR CHEAP PROCESSING, THEN BACK HOME FOR YOU TO EAT
According to the latest statistics, brought by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the American poultry processors are paid roughly $11 per hour on average. In China, reports have circulated that the country’s chicken workers can earn significantly less—$1 to 2 per hour—which casts doubt on Super’s economic feasibility assessment. They also say that this process is already being used for U.S. seafood. The Seattle Times reports that the domestically caught Pacific salmon and Dungeness crab are currently being processed in China and shipped back to the U.S., all because of significant cost savings. They also say that fish processors in the Northwest, including Seattle-based Trident Seafoods, are sending part of their catch of Alaskan salmon or Dungeness crab to China to be filleted or de-shelled before returning to U.S. tables.
Charles Bundrant, the founder of Trident, says that there are 36 pin bones in a salmon and the best way to remove them is by hand. This is why they ship about 30 million pounds of its 1.2 billion-pound annual harvest to China for processing. Charles also says that something that would cost us $1 per pound labor here, they get it done for 20 cents in China. We all know that China has an infamous reputation as one of the world’s worst food safety offenders. Earlier this year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a report on a Chinese chicken jerky manufacturer that created dog treats tied to more than 500 dogs’ deaths. Thanks for reading and don’t forget to share this article with your friends and family.