We disagree with senior a US official who claimed fears around chlorinated chicken are ‘unfounded’.
Washing chicken with chlorine is a practice used in the US, but we’re concerned that treating chicken in this way means lower hygiene standards that could put people at risk.
But UK concerns around chlorinated chicken have been dismissed as ‘unfounded’ by senior US official, Ken Isley, who went on to criticise EU food standards as ‘old-fashioned’ and ‘not based on modern science and technology’. We disagree and don’t want chlorine-washed chicken being sold in the UK.
Currently, under EU rules, the process of washing chicken in chlorine or other chemicals to remove harmful bacteria is banned. As a result the US is unable to export chicken treated in this way to any EU countries.
Post-Brexit the UK will be able to negotiate its own trade deals. But there has been significant push-back to a UK/US trade deal. Like us, Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, believes that we shouldn’t ‘dilute’ our high environmental or animal welfare standards in pursuit of a trade deal.
In addition, under current EU rules, as chlorine-washing is a ‘processing’ aid, rather than an ingredient, it wouldn’t have to be declared on packaging. Of course, when the UK leaves the EU, these rules may change.
Read our full story on the risks associated with chlorinated chicken.