BAGUIO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – It all started with a photograph: a lone chicken crossing a pathway in front of a Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) restaurant in Baguio City, Philippines. The chicken seemed oblivious to the fact that the building behind her slaughters hundreds of its kind every single day as part of its finger-licking menu item.
The photo went viral and reached the desk of KFC’s CEO Muktesh Pant in Louiseville, Kentucky. He was so moved by the chicken, and this prompted him to issue an international directive to all KFC restaurants and franchise stores all over the world.
The directive mandates that each year, on Christmas eve, all KFC restaurant and franchise owners are to pardon a chicken and let it go free to live out the rest of its life.
This move is patterned after the annual Turkey Pardon which happens at The White House during Thanksgiving week. The Turkey Pardon gives the president of the United States the power and responsibility to pardon one turkey (sometimes two) and grant it reprieve from being slaughtered and served at the Thanksgiving dinner table.
The chicken pardon tradition starts this year, on Christmas eve.
Another testimony to the fact that humans not only have a stomach. They also have a heart.
Recent media reports show that some Chinese companies have been manufacturing fake food using both organic and inorganic ingredients. These fake foodhave yet to find their way to America (or have they, already?)
Well, fake chicken from China may soon hit the shelves and refrigerated sections of U.S. supermarkets, and the U.S. government may have had a hand in it.
In 2014, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) gave four Chinese companies approval to exportcooked poultry products to the United States. But it was largely a symbolic move.
That’s because the only chickens that China can legally export to the United States must first be imported from countries that have USDA approved poultry standards. America, Canada and Chile are the only countries that make the grade.
So some enterprising Chinese food manufacturers import USDA-approved chicken from the U.S., sell them locally at extremely profitable margins, then produce fake chicken to export back to the U.S.
Looks like China did put one over the United States.
For Filipinos in the U.S., their chicken adobo may never taste the same again…
SAN FRANCISCO, California (The Adobo Chronicles) – If you live in California and you like Filipino food, you had better stock up on your packaged tocino or longganisa.
Effective March 15, 2015, the state of California will impose a comprehensive ban on all pork imports from the Philippines. The ban covers livestock, frozen meat and packaged pork-based food items.
The Manila government immediately criticized the move, saying that California is merely retaliating for a recent ban on chicken imports from California imposed by the Philippines. The chicken ban was a result of confirmed cases of Avian or Bird Flu found in several chicken farms in California.
But California Governor Jerry Brown told reporters that the state’s decision to ban Philippine pork imports was the result of a series of serious considerations which began after Filipino business people and senators were accused and jailed for the pork barrel scandal which defrauded taxpayers of some Ten Billion Pesos. The pork barrel money allegedly went into the pockets of the individuals accused of the massive scam.
“We’re simply taking precaution to make sure that our state government, especially our state legislature, will not engage in similar pork scams ” Brown said.
The price of pork in the world market currently averages $198.00 per barrel.
U.S. imports of agricultural products from the Philippines totaled $991 million in 2013 alone. The California ban on pork imports will hurt the Philippines’ overall revenue from its exports to the U.S., since California is recognized as having one of the largest economies in the world.