A fun legal loophole - chicken from China

From Modern Farmer:

Processed Chicken From China Slips Past New Country-of-Origin Labels
Raw imported meat or fish now bears a label describing where it was raised, slaughtered and processed. Cooked meat doesn't face the same requirement and as a result, chicken from China could be showing up on shelves and school lunches without the knowledge of consumers.

That left a a bipartisan group of representatives people upset last month. Led by Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro of Connecticut, 12 Democrats and two Republicans signed a letter raising concerns over chicken processed in China and imported in the U.S. In particular, the congressmen seek language in the new farm appropriations bill that would keep the chicken out of federal school lunch programs.

"Children are our most vulnerable population with respect to food-borne illnesses and sensitivity to potentially dangerous chemicals," wrote the lawmakers. "Given China's demonstrably poor food safety record, we believe it is unacceptable to take unnecessary risks with the health of American schoolchildren."

China has a long and sordid history of contaminated food. The fact that cooked meats are exempt does not reassure me -- google Gutter Oil if you don't believe me. Or watch this:

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