Recently, Best Food Facts recevied a reader question asking whether chicken processed in China and sold in the U.S. is safe to eat. To answer this question, we reached out to Patricia Curtis, PhD, Professor and Director of Auburn University’s Food Systems Institute.
Dr. Curtis: “If chicken is cleared by FSIS (Food Safety and Inspection Service) for import from China into the U.S., that means it has to meet equivalent standards as chicken produced in the U.S.”
According to FSIS:
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that China is eligible to export processed, cooked chicken to the United States.
- The United States is not importing any raw chicken from China.
- FSIS has determined that China’s poultry processing inspection system is equivalent to that of the United States, and cooked chicken imported from China would be processed under equivalent conditions as in the United States.
- As always, FSIS is fully committed to protecting the nation’s food supply and if China begins exporting processed chicken products to the United States, all food safety steps will be taken as if the products were processed in the United States.
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