USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued the following statement earlier this week following a news release from the office of Senator Chuck Schumer’s (D-NY) regarding equivalency for China’s poultry slaughter system.  “USDA has not found China’s poultry slaughter system to be equivalent and therefore poultry slaughtered in China is not allowed to be imported to the United States. The U.S. food supply is among the safest in the world, and the Food Safety Inspection Service is dedicated to maintaining that status,”  FSIS said.

“FSIS is a regulatory agency and is bound by legal obligation to review requests from foreign countries that want to export product to the United States. In December 2010, China requested FSIS to evaluate its poultry slaughter system and FSIS was legally obligated to move forward with an audit.  FSIS has not released the results of this audit as it has not been finalized. If the audit reveals food safety issues with China’s poultry slaughter system, then China will be required to take corrective actions and then be audited again in order for the process to continue,” FSIS said in its statement.