Don’t Process American Poultry in China


Target: United States Department of Agriculture

Goal: Protest legalizing wasteful and unregulated processing of American-grown poultry in China

A new USDA rule will soon allow four plants in China to process poultry raised in America, only to be shipped back to the U.S. for consumption. No USDA inspectors will be stationed at the Chinese plants to oversee health and safety standards are maintained, nor will American consumers be able to tell if their chicken was processed domestically or in China. As the chicken is technically a “Product of U.S.,” no country-of-origin labeling would be required. Protest the USDA’s new rule that would allow American chickens be sent to China for processing.

China has a notoriously poor track record of food health and safety. A poultry plant explosion in June of this year killed 119 people in northeastern China. The incident came just months after over 20,000 chickens were culled following six human deaths from avian influenza. Without USDA oversight and inspection at the Chinese factories, there’s no guarantee that similar problems have been solved or won’t recur.

As the movement to eat more local meats and produce grows in America, yet another question remains: how many consumers really want their chicken sent halfway across the world and back? On top of improper treatment of poultry at Chinese plants, there’s also the risk of the meat spoiling during transport. Then, of course, stress added on the animals during the initial shipment to China. Worst for some, American consumers wary of buying food imported from China will be completely in the dark about where their chicken was processed.

Besides the irrational nature of the process– shipping the poultry to China simply to be shipped back again – the greatest concern here is that proper health and safety standards are met. If the USDA cannot promise this, the new rule should be reversed. Protest the shipment of American raised chickens for processing in China.


Dear U.S. Department of Agriculture,

I am upset over the recent decision by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service to allow American raised chickens to be shipped to China for processing. U.S.’ consumers put their trust in the USDA for the maintenance of proper food safety regulations. Shipping poultry overseas to a country with a history of numerous safety problems, far away from USDA inspectors and oversight, is unacceptable.  At the very least, the USDA would need to guarantee regular audits of Chinese factories, while the FSIS would need to stay true to its commitment of stringent inspections.

Keep American chickens home. Not only am I concerned for health and safety, I would also be happier knowing that chickens raised for meat were not subjected to any additional and unnecessary stress. I am also worried that the USDA would not give consumers enough information for them to make an educated choice. While the birds may have been raised in the U.S., shipping them abroad for processing alters the product considerably. The USDA should require a tag separate from the country of origin label to signify where the meat was processed.

I am deeply concerned with the new rule that allows chickens to be sent for processing in China and hope you will reconsider your decision. To ensure American safety, please keep all meat processing of domestic livestock within the country.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: ITamar K. via Wikimedia Commons

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  1. What are we even doing this for? No sense at all. We shouldn’t have anything to do with China and their horrible practices with animals! I saw how they handle fish- another ??? Why is our fish caught in Alaska but packaged in China???We need to get the USA OUT of China and keep it in the USA. I am so sick of seeing the disgusting things they do to dogs, dolphins, etc, and now our chicken getting processed over there? Do you really think their sanitary are up to par?? They would be sending us rotten meat, spitting on it and who knows what else. The United States has its own problems with the poultry business, why don’t we fix it here instead of creating more problems with our main meat source in another country? Wake up!

    • Kathleen Michaels says:



    • Cynthia, it always boils down to money. The Chinese weren’t buying any beef because they said they were afraid of mad cow. (What a joke)…A deal was made with China if they buy our beef we’ll let them process our chicken.

  2. Sonia Sullivan says:

    Makes no sense.

  3. Just ANOTHER REASON to SOP eating meat..You think China is bad? people cringe at dogs and cats being boiled alive. HELLO?? They do it here with pigs, chickens, etc.. LOOK at our plants and what they do to the animals. I GUARANTEE you take a walk thru a factory farm, you wont eat meat again. disease and filth is so rampant they are now using industrial strength cleaners people to clean the meat..They are overdosing the poor animals with antibiotics, after using hormones to make them bigger faster (for PROFIT of course)..they found sulfa and cipro in some samples. Im allergic to sulfa..They are cutting back on inspectors and with the shutdown, NONE…NO MEAT FOR ME..Besides, if I get the urge, I think of the animals suffering their lives away. You love animals? Stop eating meat..go to or and watch some wonderful videos..just make sure you have an empty stomach first.

    • so when animals are not culled (slaughtered)and they overpopulate what are they going to eat when all the vegans are eating their grain etc do you want all the meat eating animals to starve as well

  4. Jane Morrow says:

    No animal is safe in China – deplorable country! I would never knowingly buy any food product that comes from China. I became vegetarian this year and don’t miss meat at all.

  5. Marilyn Wilson says:

    Happily vegan here! Give up the blood and flesh habit!

  6. I think of the jerky treats that come from China and are fed as treats to our beloved pets. These pets get kidney failure and die a horrible, painful death because China puts in a toxic ingredient that make the protein level appear higher. Most of the shrimp we eat in this country comes from China, and they have some of the most polluted water in the world Oh yeah, the USA has to help out China’s economy by importing that stuff and it could very easily harm our health or kill our pets. What the hell is our government thinking. They certainly don’t have our best interest at heart.


    The United States is so interested in boosting China’s economy, that they will put at risk our pets and American citizen’s health. The melamine in jerky treats for dogs gives them kidney failure and agonizing deaths. The shrimp we eat in this country comes from filthy Chinese waters. Pity the poor chickens as if life for them isn’t bad enough already. I am SO glad I am vegan. I want NO part of this!!!!!

  8. Catherine desjarlais says:

    Another example of blatant irresponsibility! I am sickened by this.

  9. cindy norris says:

    The best way to protest this atrocity is a vegan diet. I have been vegetarian for 21 years & vegan for 2. I don’t miss meat at all.

  10. Despina M. Andrelus says:

    “A righteous man regards the life of animals” – PROVERBS 12:10; “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion & pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men” – FRANCIS OF ASSISI; “I hope to make people realize how totally helpless animals are, how dependent on us, trusting as a child must that we will be kind and take care of their needs…(They) are an obligation put on us, a responsibility we have no rights to neglect, nor to violate by cruelty….” – JAMES HARRIOT; “The greatness of a nation & its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” – MAHATMA GANDHI

  11. Bonnie Remley says:

    Who on this Earth is responsible for deciding this idea of Shipping the chickens from United States to China should be
    deported!!! We need to stand up and protect our Food and the jobs it WILL LOSE IF THIS HAPPENS. Has the USDA LOST Their Minds? I think it’ time to Fire them and seek the professionals that care about our rights and our Food. Are you listening Congress.

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