US-UK chlorinated chicken row escalates

By Aidan Fortune

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US-UK chlorinated chicken row escalates

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The debate over chlorinated chicken has increased following a lack of assurance from the UK Government that the process won’t remain banned.

In a Sky News interview earlier this month, environment minister George Eustice refused to rule out the removal of laws prohibiting the import of chlorine-washed chicken from the US as the two countries approach trade talks.

The Guardian also published a story​ in which it claims that the EU will demand that the UK maintains a ban on chlorinated chicken as part of a potential post-Brexit trade agreement.

British Poultry Council (BPC) chief executive Richard Griffiths said there was “no room for discussion”​ on the issue.

“British poultry producers don’t dip their chicken carcase in chemicals as we do not ‘clean up at the end’ or take any short-cuts when it comes to producing food,” ​he said.

“It’s Government’s duty to ensure that production standards of imported food meet British standards as a condition of entry. If food produced to lower standards is allowed to enter the British market, it will create a two-tier food system, in which only the affluent can afford to eat British food grown to British standards. This is unacceptable.

“Losing control of how we feed ourselves as a nation would undermine British food producers at a time when we should be looking to use Brexit as an opportunity to take matters of food security, nutrition, and sustainability into our own hands.”

Speaking on a recent GlobalMeatNews podcast, Tyson Foods group head of poultry Chad Martin​ said that even though the majority of Tyson plants don’t use the process, he believed it to be perfectly safe in food production.

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