February 2, 2014
Hello. My name is David Dunfee and I am a Boy Scout out of Troop #299 chartered with Hemlock Grove Church in Pomeroy, Ohio.
I am a First Class Scout and I am working on my Communication merit badge. This is one of my Eagle required merit badges. I have to write about an issue that concerns me.
I chose to write about chickens being shipped to China and processed and then shipped back to the United States. I have heard that our American chickens are going to be sent to China to be processed and then they will be sent back here where they will be put into our stores and consumed by us. I have also heard that the USDA (United State Department of Agriculture) will only be inspecting China’s plants once a year. This is not the same inspection standards that we as consumers in the United States have come to expect. These different provinces in China may have different standards of processing chickens other than what we as consumers have come to expect in the United States. The United States policy of country of origin does not take into account where the chickens were processed. Even though the chickens are grown in the United States, the processing could take place in China and it would not be labeled on the package. I have also heard that the chickens are processed in the same way as the chickens that are fed to our dogs for dog snacks. It is said that 600 dogs have died and 1,000 dogs have gotten deathly ill. I do not want to be eating this chicken and I do not look forward to what could happen to our citizens in our country as a whole from eating this chicken.
I urge every consumer to contact their Congressmen to express their opinion in this matter.
David J. Dunfee
First Class Boy Scout