Vatic Note: Gosh, does that mean Russia cares more for the health and safety of their people than our Government does about our people? We have to address our entire food system again. At one time we were very good about the safety of our food but since the advent of Corporate Farming, its gone down hill as has the processing of that food by the corporations that convert it into storable products, like canned vegetables and fruits. Combine that with our Killer drug companies and its a miracle most of us are still alive even if not very healthy.
Title: RUSSIA & OTHER COUNTRIES BAN POULTRY IMPORTS FROM USA DUE TO CHLORINE
By: Natural News on line, contributed by Gypsy, Australia
NaturalNews) Beginning on January 1, 2010, Russia has officially
banned imported poultry products from countries that use chlorine in
their processing methods. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin
announced that Russia will no longer allow chicken imports from the
U.S. because the chlorine baths used to sanitize chickens do not meet
Russian food safety standards.
Since it comes from Russia, many may dismiss the ban as being
politically charged with no scientific validity. However many nations
around the world, including all within the European Union, have banned
poultry imports from chlorine-using countries because of the dangers
posed by the chemical. These countries use different methods to
disinfect meat, including air chilling and electrolyzed water
treatments, which do not expose the meat to harmful chemicals.
Putin expressed that Russia is working to become poultry
self-sufficient by the year 2015 but, until then, will import only
from nations that do not use chlorine in meat processing. Each year,
the import quota will be dropped until, eventually, all chicken will
be domestically raised in Russia.
When the issue first surfaced back in 2008, the U.S. Poultry & Egg
Export Council tried to persuade Russia that the chlorine treatment
methods used on chicken are both safe and effective. According to the
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the hypochlorus chemical used,
which is an active form of chlorine, is an effective antimicrobial.
Rather than reconsider the safety of its own treatment methods, U.S.
regulators tried to use rhetoric to convince Russia to accept U.S.
imports and failed miserably. Russia refused to hear any of it, ending
$825 million worth of U.S. chicken imports into its country.
The truth about chlorine chicken baths is that not only are they not
truly effective but they expose people to a steady stream of toxic
chlorine every time they consume chicken. Chlorine is known to
increase cancer risk and cause other serious problems including
respiratory illness and heart disease. Like other environmental
halogens, chlorine contributes to thyroid dysfunction as well.
The levels of chlorine used in chicken baths, which average somewhere
between 20 and 50 parts per million (ppm), do not always kill all the
pathogens present. According to a European Consumers' Organization
study conducted in 2007, 83 percent of U.S. chicken that had been
treated in chlorine baths still contained harmful pathogens. The bath
essentially becomes a pathogen cesspool that contaminates all the
other chickens that are submerged in it.
It is no wonder that Russia, the E.U., and a growing list of nations
around the world are refusing chlorinated U.S. chicken.
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