U.S. wants to import Chinese chicken
June 28, 2007
China insisted today that its exports are safe and that it “paid great attention” to food products in particular. “You could say we guarantee the quality of our exports,” said Wang Xinpei, Commerce Ministry spokesman.
Reportedly the quality of the melamine contained in grain products that went into pet food and killed hundreds US animals was of good quality. The problem was that melamine is poisonous and not supposed to be in food. Melamine artificially increases protein readings in food tests and results in higher prices for products. But profit wasn’t the reason melamine was in the grain according to Xyz Shijang.
“I’m not sure why we put it in there. Coincidence I guess,” said Shijang.
U.S. authorities have also turned away or recalled toxic fish, juice containing unsafe color additives and popular toy trains decorated with lead paint.
These minor concerns aside, the United States Department of Agriculture has proposed to allow the sale of Chinese chicken in the United States. US Ag officials say that they would review records and conduct on-site visits to assure Americans that the chicken is safe.
Chinese-made toothpaste also has been banned by numerous countries in North and South America and Asia for containing diethylene glycol, or DEG, a chemical often found in antifreeze. It is also a low-cost — and sometimes deadly — substitute for glycerin, a sweetener in many drugs. Recently it was found in US hospitals.
“My cat’s dead, my cousin in the hospital is now sicker because of Chinese toothpaste and I’m supposed to think a visit to a chicken farm will make my Chinese chicken meal okay?” asked Susie Q, a local food consumer. “I’m not a member of Mensa but I don’t think this makes any sense at all.”
Said Xyz Shijang: “Don’t worry. Be happy! And make reservations now for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. We’re going to kick your ass you whiners!”
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