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US Refuses Imports of Chinese Poultry Meat

13 November 2013

US - Products from poultry slaughtered in China are not to be allowed to be exported to the US in the near future following an audit by the USDA Food Safety Inspection Service.

According to a statement from Senator Chuck Schumer's office, USDA has not found China's poultry slaughter system to be equivalent to that in the US.

As a result, poultry slaughtered in China are not allowed to be imported to the United States.

According to the statement, "The US food supply is among the safest in the world, and the Food Safety Inspection Service is dedicated to maintaining that status."

The Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) is bound by legal obligation to review requests from foreign countries that want to export product to the United States.

In December 2010, China requested FSIS to evaluate its poultry slaughter system and FSIS was legally obligated to move forward with an audit.

FSIS has not released the results of this audit as it has not been finalised.

If the audit reveals food safety issues with China's poultry slaughter system, then China will be required to take corrective actions and then be audited again in order for the process to continue.

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