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For Immediate Release

Tony Corbo or Erin Greenfield
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Consumer Safety on Track as Ban on Chinese Chicken Kept Intact

Statement of Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter


" Food & Water Watch applauds the House Appropriations Committee for
protecting consumers' health by maintaining a ban on imported processed
poultry products from China. Despite pressure from agribusiness to end
the prohibition in the U.S. Department of Agriculture budget, the
committee maintained the ban on poultry products from a country with
weak food safety protections.

"Reports from U.S. government
inspectors visiting poultry processing facilities in China and repeated
discoveries of unsafe foods from China by U.S. border inspections
indicate the risk posed to consumers. U.S. inspectors have found
defective equipment, lack of employee hygiene, unsanitary conditions,
and an absence of testing programs for Salmonella, E. coli and other
contaminants. As recently as this spring, officials of China's Health
Ministry described their food safety situation as 'grim, with high
risks and contradictions.'

"We commend Representative Rosa
DeLauro (D-CT) for taking the lead on protecting U.S. consumers from a
potentially dangerous food product. We urge the full House and Senate
to prioritize consumer safety and domestic producers and ensure the ban
on Chinese chicken products is kept in place."

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