By Julian Hattem - 11/11/13 01:29 PM EST
Federal food safety regulators are denying Democrats’ claims that they are preparing to let raw chicken parts be imported from China.
Schumer said on Sunday that a USDA report to Congress indicated that imports could happen “within a year.”
“There are so many disturbing incidents about foods that comes from China,” he said at an event in New York City. “China has a terrible record when it comes to food safety, and because of cutbacks, our U.S. Department of Agriculture does not do the inspections that are needed and necessary.”
The USDA is currently conducting an audit of China’s poultry slaughter system. That report has not yet been finalized. When it is, the food safety agency said that China would be required to fix any flaws in its food safety regime.