By Rick Gordon
Smithfield Foods’ in Virginia used to package pork for American meals. But workers now box up pig carcasses for shipment to China. Bought by China’s WH Group Ltd a few years back they have retooled U.S. processing operations to direct meat to China, which produced half the world’s pork before swine fever decimated their operations.
The pork is processed and packaged in China, outside the watching eyes of the USDA and FDA, sometimes by slave laborers, and sent back to the US.
The American consumer is not only getting porked by China, other facets of the meat Industry have fallen under their control as well. Oh well ciest la vie, they say red meat will kill you but I'm pretty sure green meat and Chinese meat will kill you a lot faster. After doing some very simple superficial research on the Chinese meat industry, I considered becoming a vegan, but I decided against it when I found you can't have any pudding if you don't eat your meat.
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Apparently China has not yet acquired a sizeable poultry operation in the USA [yet] but, the USDA approved shipping slaughtered chicken to China, who then process, package and ship it back. So at least you know your chicken is choked in the Good old USA but you're not really sure of what comes back ...
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