Lubbock – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has banned the sale of thin chicken meat products in India.
The ban is effective from December 1, and applies to all meat products sold at retail outlets, restaurants, and grocery stores.
“This ban will affect thousands of people who eat thin chicken products,” said Dr. Vidyalakshmi Prakash, a veterinary epidemiologist at the Baylor College of Medicine.
We will see more thin chicken bans in the US,” Prakashi said.
India bans ‘skinless’ chicken and the US has introduced an import ban.
India banned the ‘skin’ option on January 8, after a report showed skinless chicken raised by farmers was more susceptible to salmonella contamination.
The FDA said the chicken in question had been genetically modified to be ‘skin-free’.
US officials say the meat products are safe and have been in the U.S. for decades.
The US government banned imports of chicken products from China and Canada in 2013, and bans were introduced in Japan, Germany, France, Australia and South Korea last year.
This article has been updated to clarify that the US government’s import ban has not yet been implemented.