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Campaigns Save our Food Standards

Save our Food Standards

New trade deals being negotiated with countries around the world could
see the UK lower its food standards.

We’ve been campaigning to protect these hard-won protections, to safeguard
the safety and quality of your food.

Over 225,000 people joined our campaign.

With your help, some of the food protections we demanded made it into the
Agriculture Bill, but not all. So our work isn’t over yet.

We’re going to scrutinise each deal as it’s negotiated and continue to push
for high food standards through the Trade and Agriculture Commission.

Read: what’s next for food standards

Do food standards matter?


50 million Americans get sick each year from the food they eat. We do not want to import these unacceptably high rates of foodborne illness into our health system.

– Sue Davies, Head of Which? Consumer Protection and Food Policy


Chlorinated chicken and hormone-treated beef and pork could be imported into the UK under future trade deals. And that poses a risk to our health.

Washing chicken in chlorine is a practice used to disinfect meat that may be contaminated with bacteria like salmonella.

UK farmers don’t need to chlorinate chicken because we have food safety controls built in at each stage of the production chain – ensuring higher standards of food safety and animal welfare.

But in the US, where these controls are not built into the system, chlorinating chicken is a common practice – and food poisoning runs rampant.

One in six Americans are estimated to suffer from food poisoning every year.

That means the US suffers a rate of foodborne disease estimated to be around four times higher than the UK.

This is why our food standards are so important – and why Which? has been fighting to make sure they’re upheld, regardless of what our future trading partners may demand.

Find out more about how future trade deals will affect you.

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Over 225,000 people signed our Save Food Standards petition.

Here’s where those signatures came from – we’ve also included views shared with us from each area about why food standards matter: