UK ban on US chlorinated chicken 'to continue after Brexit'


By Roger Harrabin, BBC News (UK)

9 January 2020


Chlorine-washed chicken and hormone-treated beef will be kept out of the UK under any trade deal with the US, the environment secretary has promised.


Theresa Villiers told the BBC the current European Union ban on the two foods will be carried over into UK legislation after Brexit.


Until now the UK has been wavering on the issue.


But she told BBC Countryfile: “There are legal barriers to the imports and those are going to stay in place.”


Ms Villiers has previously talked of imposing tariffs on any future imports of US chicken and beef. But she’s been under great pressure from Britain’s farmers.


In the exclusive interview with the Countryfile programme, she said: “We will defend our national interests and our values, including our high standards of animal welfare."


Chlorine-washed chicken and hormone-treated beef are illegal under EU law for different reasons.


The EU says feeding cows with growth-enhancing chemicals could potentially result in harm to beef-eating humans – a suggestion the US fervently rejects.


There is, on the other hand, no human health threat from using a bleach solution to kill salmonella on chickens. In fact, it’s rather effective.


But the EU says using chlorine allows American farmers to be careless...