Zionsville Times Sentinel

September 11, 2013

The case of the traveling chicken nuggets


Zionsville Times Sentinel

---- — Last week I saw an article on Bloomberg.com entitled, "Don't Trust a Chicken Nugget That's Visited China." I don't generally trust chicken nuggets anyway, but the headline caught my attention. Why would a chicken nugget "visit" China, and why would that be a bad thing? Apparently, China has an extremely unsafe food supply because they don't have very many restrictions on what is and is not okay to feed to humans. The crux of the Bloomberg story is that our ever-dependable U.S. Department of Agriculture announced, on the Friday before Labor Day weekend, that it had lifted a ban on "Chinese chicken imports by approving four Chinese poultry processors to ship processed ("heat-treated/cooked") chicken to the U.S." What this ban means to people here in the U.S. who actually consume store-bought chicken nuggets is that the chickens can be killed either here or any other approved country and then shipped to China to be processed into nuggets. Those nuggets are then exported back to the U.S. The sad thing about this chicken travel is that the consumer has no way of knowing where the chickens were processed. See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.