AMI, 53 Groups Tell President Obama to
Oppose Efforts to Block Imports of Cooked Poultry from China
Monday, May 4,
and 53 other groups wrote to President Obama last week urging the
Administration to oppose any provisions in appropriations bills that would
prevent USDA from implementing regulations to permit inspection and
importation of cooked poultry products from the People’s Republic of China.
agree that the U.S. government must effectively and safely regulate the
quality of food products sold in this country,” the letter said.
“However, to maintain the effectiveness and integrity of the U.S. food
safety system, such regulations must be based on sound science and an
appropriate risk assessment,” the April 30 letter said. “Laws and
regulations must be crafted such that the U.S. does not ignore its
international trade obligations – obligations that the U.S. government has
helped to develop, and in particular to prevent other countries from
adopting protectionist, non-science based measures against U.S. food and
agriculture exports under the guide of food safety,” the letter continued.
groups told Obama that if there are concerns about the safety of cooked
poultry from China – much of which are from poultry originating in the U.S.
– these concerns should be addressed through proper regulatory
channels, not an ad hoc legislative process.
groups expressed particular concern about section 727 of the Omnibus
Appropriations Act of 2009.
read the entire letter, click here: www.meatami.com/ht/a/GetDocumentAction/i/49375