Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA), the Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, today praised a bipartisan compromise that will allow science to prevail over emotions when it comes to the re-importation of chicken from China.
"All along, our shared goal has been to ensure the safety of food on American grocery shelves," Congressman Kingston said. "By letting science, rather than emotion, guide our deliberations, we've been able to find an agreement that will not only protect the American consumer but removes language which violates the principles of free trade. In doing so, we will maintain a burgeoning market for America's poultry farmers and relieve pressures on other industries."
Congressman Kingston has been a leading advocate for science-based policies when it comes to America's food safety. Earlier this year, he offered compromise language similar to that on which an agreement was reached. The language announced today will replace a provision inserted in each of the past two years which barred the USDA from using any funding that would move forward with imports.
In August, Congressman Kingston visited a Beijing processing plant which would export to the United States if allowed. Already, the plant exports around South and Southeast Asia.
"China not only opened their doors to me but their books as well," said Congressman Kingston. "I am confident that the USDA can get all the information it needs to provide for the importation of safe processed chicken products."