US and China fail to see eye-to-eye on poultry
US and Chinese officials recently met in Beijing for agricultural trade
talks. However, the two parties failed to agree with issues regarding poultry
China's zero-tolerance for salmonella in raw poultry was discussed in
length. "How can you produce poultry without traces of salmonella? It's killed
when you cook it," said USDA's Undersecretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural
Services Mark Keenum
, who led the US delegation. As for China, "They
simply reaffirmed their position," he stated.
On the other hand, Keenum said that the USDA is working to produce rules
that would allow China to export cooked chicken products to the US. China
approached the table with their own list of protests about US food products,
with labelling problems, falsified certificates and poor quality among their
Vice minister of China's General Administration of Quality Supervision,
Inspection, and Quarantine (AQSIQ), Wei Chuanzhong, will shortly be leading a
delegation to Washington for bilateral talks on food safety with the USDA Under
Secretary for Food Safety Richard Raymond.
In conclusion, Keenum hopes that the issues will be resolved before
December's cabinet-level Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade meeting between
the two nations.
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