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Why (and How) to Know the Origin of Your Meat

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As often occurs, members of Congress snuck some crusty little barnacles onto the budget bill that would have been hard to pass on their own. One of those was repealing the law that required labels letting you know the origin of your meat sold in US grocery stores.

The World Trade Organization said those labels were unfair to foreign meat producers. The only reason this would be “unfair” is that American consumers were opting for meat produced within our country. Clearly, the members of Congress (you know, the ones elected to represent your interests) don’t give a flying Houdini about the wishes of consumers, and they’ve made that clear by repealing the law passed to give us the option of purchasing American-raised meat.

Now, I certainly can’t endorse CAFO-raised meat, but the fact is, even in those horrifying conditions, the standards in America are better than the standards, in say, China, which has some extremely questionable practices. Disgusting “food safety” practices are just one of the reasons why you should know the origin of your meat.

Take China, for example

Here are some examples of why you might not want to eat meat from China.

Last summer, the Chinese news agency announced that more than 800 tonnes of frozen meat had been seized. Why? Because some of it was rotten and some was more than 40 years old, with processing dates in the 1970s. According to a CNN report, the seized products included beef, pork, and poultry that showed evidence of having been thawed and refrozen numerous times. The meat was destined for markets and restaurants. In 2014, a Chinese meat company was caught selling tainted meat to fast food outlets. The story broke when a reporter secretly filmed what was going on in the Shanghai Husi Food processing plant, which is a subsidiary of the American food company OSI Group.

The footage captured workers handling food with their bare hands. Several scenes showed them picking up meat that had fallen on the floor and returning it directly into the processing machine…

Shanghai Municipal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) subsequently investigated the factory and found that expired beef and chicken products were processed and repackaged with new expiration dates…

Husi had been supplying chicken and beef products to branches of McDonald’s, Papa John’s, Burger King, Starbucks, KFC, and Pizza Hut in several cities in China.

In 2013, a Chinese company was selling rat meat as mutton.  904 people were arrested for using additives to cover up the fact that the meat they were selling as mutton actually came from rats, foxes, and minks.  One Chinese restauranteur said, “”It’s a well-known secret in the industry. Real mutton is too expensive. We can’t earn money if we use genuine meat.” One company in…