'Our chicken is safe' - US Embassy issues assurance on imported poultry

The United States Embassy is seeking to assure citizens that chicken imported from the United States is safe for consumption.

In a statement issued today, the US Embassy says that Trinidad and Tobago consumers can eat U.S. poultry with full confidence.

It states that the United States takes food safety very seriously and that all U.S. exports of poultry must, by law, be inspected and only poultry produced in federally-inspected plants and receiving the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) mark of inspection can be exported.

The Embassy notes that products exported to Trinidad and Tobago are held to the same food safety standards as are products produced for the U.S. domestic market.

It says that the inspection and export requirements of the United States are based on science and result in poultry that is safe for consumption and exported to nearly 160 countries around the world.

The Embassy added that consumers in Trinidad and Tobago receive safe and wholesome food, and the growing popularity of U.S. poultry globally is a testament to that fact.

This follows a warning by the Poultry Association that some chicken being exported to the country were not fit for consumption.

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