Chlorinated chicken will stay off the menu in the UK after Brexit amid fears American farm produce is made to lower standards
Trade Secretary is to publish a blueprint for trade talks with the US on MondayChlorinated chicken will not be imported into the UK after Brexit, ministers said‘Opening our ports to food’ which would be ‘illegal to produce here’ would be insaneIt would be ‘morally bankrupt’, warned the NFU’s Minette Batters, this week
Chlorinated chicken will not be imported into the UK after Brexit, ministers have said.
Trade Secretary Liz Truss is to publish a blueprint for trade talks with the United States on Monday.
Campaigners have warned against allowing in American farm produce, which they say is produced to lower standards.
But last night sources said ministers had agreed there will be no relaxation of animal welfare standards – effectively ruling out chlorinated chicken, which has acquired totemic status in the row over a trade deal with the US.
Trade Secretary Liz Truss (pictured on February 14) is to publish a blueprint for trade talks with the United States about allowing in farm produce, on Monday
A senior minister told the Daily Mail that the decision over chlorinated chicken was partly because of hostile public opinion but primarily due to the potential impact on British farmers and the country’s animal welfare standards.
‘It’s not a health issue, it’s an animal welfare issue,’ the source said. ‘We are not lowering standards and that’s that.’
The decision will cheer farmers who have warned that allowing in food produced to lower standards will wreck British agriculture.
Campaigners claim that the US practice of giving chicken a chlorinated wash to remove harmful bacteria can compensate for poor hygiene and welfare standards on farms, allowing American producers to undercut their rivals.
Minette Batters, from farming union NFU, warned this week that ‘opening our ports, shelves and fridges to food which would be illegal to produce here would not only be morally bankrupt, it would be the work of the insane’.
Environment minister Zac Goldsmith said Mrs Batters was right about the principles but wrong about the Government’s policy.
‘To impose high standards on our farmers, only to undercut them with low standard imports would be wrong on every level, and there is no argument about that,’ Lord Goldsmith said.