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 soon be imported into the UK if our food standards are lowered. 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 we must fight to keep them
Make the government act
We’re calling on the government to immediately issue assurances that our food standards aren’t being traded away in trade deals.
We are demanding:
- The government enshrine in law existing food standards through the Agriculture Bill or Trade Bill.
- The government signal to all future trading partners that the UK is seeking to champion high quality and high standards food around the globe.
Sign the petition to demand the government protects our food standards.
Find out more about how future trade deals will affect you.