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Congress Commended for Allowing Chinese Imports

by 5m Editor
9 October 2009, at 11:18am

US - National Turkey Federation (NTF) and its membership commend Congress for passing a 2010 Agriculture Appropriations Bill that creates an opportunity for China to export poultry to the United States.

According to AgriMarketing, the Agriculture Appropriations Bill sets up an inspection process that allows China to export poultry to the United States again, after a ban of several years. USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) will be required to conduct audits and on-site reviews of facilities before any Chinese plants are certified to ship poultry products to the United States.

USDA has a history of ensuring the safety of imported meat and poultry through a stringent science-based process, including determining that an exporting country's inspection system is equivalent to US standards. The turkey industry is confident in USDA's ability to ensure the integrity of our food system through strong and effective regulation.

China, the second-largest foreign purchaser of US turkey products, is an important export market for the turkey industry and many agricultural commodities. This is a milestone for all meat and poultry producers as they continue providing a safe product for the US food supply.