Chinese Consumers Send a Warning
The Office of the United States Trade Representative announced that it would not appeal a World Trade Organization decision that held the U.S. could not prohibit the importation of Chinese poultry products. Ironically, on the same day this data was released, a survey divulged one of the biggest concerns among Chinese consumers: food safety.
Commissioned by the British insurance company RSA-China, the survey revealed that Chinese consumers rate food safety as a bigger concern than contracting cancer, an unsafe water supply, and drunk driving. Only earthquakes rated higher than food safety as a concern to Chinese consumers.
Apparently, Americans consumer groups are not the only ones concerned with the safety of food products produced in China — so are the Chinese, themselves. While we have still not imported any poultry products from China — USDA is still in process of reviewing the Chinese food safety system — the results of this survey should serve notice that the congressional ban enacted in 2007 and 2008 on the importation of these products from China was warranted.