US FSIS may inspect Chinese Poultry plants
As a step towards a possible reopening of the US border to import Chinese Poultry, USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) plans to inspect Chinese poultry processing plants.
"FSIS is currently working with the Chinese government to develop a timeline to inspect poultry-processing plants in that country," a USDA spokesman confirmed to Meatingplace.
Washington prohibits Chinese poultry largely on past food safety concerns, and the inspections would serve to verify that equivalent food safety systems are in place in order to qualify product for entry into the US.
Lifting the ban on Chinese poultry could serve as leverage for Washington to negotiate with Beijing to lift its ban on imports of US beef.
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