ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer says he wants the U.S. Department of Agriculture to make it tougher on processed chickens that will soon to come from China for sale in the United States.

The USDA this month approved the sale of chickens raised in the United States but processed in China to be sold back in the United States.

Schumer says tougher enforcement of health standards are needed to protect consumers.

The Democrat announced Sunday that he will send a letter to the federal agriculture secretary to enact more rules including unannounced inspections of chicken processed in China to ensure meat is safe for consumption and that it originated in the US.

Schumer cites cases of contaminated milk and meat coming from China as reason for stepped-up enforcement.