FSIS approves final rule for Korean chicken exports
March 27, 2014
FSIS approves final rule for Korean chicken
The Agriculture Department's Food Safety and Inspection Service today published a final rule that would grant equivalency status to the Republic of Korea so that it could begin to export poultry products to the United States,
The rule becomes effective May 27, 2014.
"Under this final rule, slaughtered poultry or parts or other products thereof processed in certified Korean establishments will be eligible for export to the United States. All such products will be subject to re-inspection at United States ports of entry by FSIS inspectors,: FSIS said in a Federal Register notice.
Food & Water Watch, citing various food safety complaints, criticized the decision.
"We find the decision by FSIS to be irresponsible and surmise that it is trade related," said Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter. "This final rule may by a little goodie that the U.S. is using to entice South Korea to join Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks. Once again, it may yet be another instance of the Obama Administration allowing trade to trump food safety."
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