Plans to allow imports of Chinese chicken products into the US have run into grass roots opposition in the form of an online petition.
In a bizarre example of how out-of-whack our food supply chain has become, US-grown chickens will be slaughtered here, then exported to China for processing. Then the cooked products will be re-imported into the US for things like school lunches.
After only 2 weeks, the petition has gathered over a quarter million signatures.
These sorts of petition drives have been both humorous (urging the Obama administration to build a Death Star) and serious.
China’s food safety record has been spotty at best, whether in allowing plastic in baby formula, rodent meat sold to consumers as lamb, or illegal drugs used in the chicken provided to China’s KFC restaurants.