The Process of Eating Less Processed

Weaning My Family Off of Processed Foods – While Sneaking in Some Hidden Fruits and Veggies

Would you feed your family chicken nuggets made in China?

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My news feed tonight gave me yet another reason to keep feeding my family fewer processed foods.

Apparently, the USDA is now allowing Chinese companies to ship processed chicken products to the US (it was banned from doing so before). While the chickens are supposed to still be slaughtered here or somewhere else that is approved for slaughter of chickens to be consumed here, the dead chickens will then be shipped to China, processed and returned as part of our food supply.

Now here’s where the biggest problem with this particular decision by the USDA comes in. YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO TELL IF YOUR PROCESSED CHICKEN CAME FROM CHINA. Because the chicken is cooked, it won’t be subject to USDA point of origin rules, meaning it doesn’t have to be labeled as from China.

While we have all kinds of issues here in the US with food safety and a lack of effective regulation, labeling requirements and oversight of our food industry, China is a whole other story. One only needs to barely pay attention to the news to catch wind of how horrible food safety is there. Soooo… I will continue with my less processed journey. And I will continue to make my own chicken nuggets.

What do you think? Does the thought of chicken processed in China worry you?


Author: Rebecca Osterman

I'm a stay at home mom and freelance graphic designer.

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