Congressmen fight for change in natural and pumped chicken
Two congressmen are calling on the USDA to modify
labelling requirements for "all natural" chicken products.
In a letter to USDA, Chip Pickering
(Mississippi) and Dennis Cardoza
(California), who is also chairman of the House
Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on Horticulture and Organic agriculture,
has asked that the USDA prohibit "natural" labels on any fresh chicken that has
been pumped. He also asked that "solution statements" be more prominently
displayed so that consumers can more readily see injected ingredients.
"Consumers are being cheated in their wallets and their health. They are
buying chicken by weight that has been injected with 15% sodium water. And they
are buying chicken as a health-conscious decision, but getting 800% more sodium
per serving than truly natural chicken."
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