China banned US meat as rotten

By Sam Johns

BEIJING, China (BNW) —
One week after the US banned seafood coming from China because of contamination, China has flipped the scrip and banned meat from the US as being rotten.

Chinese food inspectors have banned meat products from seven U.S. companies from being imported into their country after finding a range of contamination issues in shipments checked on Saturday, according to China's official news agency Xinhua.

Food inspectors from China who carried out tests on products in Beijing said American food quality is below standards. US officials countered by saying that, “At least we don't put cardboard into our bread!”

The suspension of meat imports from the American companies — including Tyson Foods — comes just weeks after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced it would hold all farm-raised catfish, basa, shrimp, dace and eel shipments arriving from China until they are tested for residues from drugs not approved by the U.S. for use in farm-raised fish.

Xinhua quoted the head of China's General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine calling the FDA action "unacceptable," and warning that "China, too, detects many substandard food products from the U.S."

It was not immediately clear if China's ban extended to all products from the seven companies or just those specific products on a list published on the agency's Web site that it said were found on Saturday to contain salmonella, feed additives and veterinary drugs.

In addition to Tyson Foods, the companies on the list include Sanderson Farms, Intervision Foods, AJC International, Cargill Meat Solutions, Van Luin Foods USA and "Thumph Foods," which Xinhua said most likely is Missouri-based Triumph Foods.

While the suspension period for the latter three companies is specified to be 45 days, the length of suspension was not given for the first four on the list, Xinhua said.

The products the Chinese agency said were found to be tainted include frozen chicken from Tyson, frozen chicken feet from Sanderson Farms, frozen pork from AJC International, frozen pork breast bone from Cargill, frozen pig ears from Van Luin Foods, frozen chicken feet from Intervision and salted pig intestines from Triumph.

It was also not immediately known how much of those products are normally imported into China from the U.S.

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