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American meat will never be welcome in the UK
The environment minister stated that post-Brexit trade deals will not allow chlorine-washed chicken or hormone-treated beef.
Katherine Martinko, TreeHugger
January 13, 2020
Britons have received some reassuring news from their environment secretary. After years of debate over whether or not chlorine-washed chicken and hormone-treated beef from the United States will be allowed into the United Kingdom following Brexit, Theresa Villiers has stated that it will not. In an interview with Countryfile, secretary Villiers said,
"There are legal barriers to the imports and those are going to stay in place. We will defend our national interests and our values, including our high standards of animal welfare."
She also stated that the government will "hold the line" on this even if insisted upon by the U.S. president in trade talks. No doubt this will frustrate U.S. trade negotiators and poultry farmers, who have invested considerable effort into trying to convince the UK that its meat is safe for consumption. Just last year, the U.S. government paid for a $100,000 press junket that took British journalists on poultry farm tours.
It's good to see Villiers sticking up for British agricultural standards, which are far from perfect themselves, but at least do not take the 'sledgehammer' approach that the Americans do – relying on chlorine to fix all the problems that arise from keeping animals confined in horrible conditions. To quote Dan Nosowitz of Modern Farmer:
"Tiny spaces, wildly overbred birds that have difficulty standing up, and mass production that results in heavily soiled, contaminated birds. Chlorine, by the EU’s way of thinking, encourages such bad behavior. After all, why bother to treat your birds well, when it’s expensive and can all be cleaned off by a 50-parts-per-million chlorine solution?"
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Bad News For U.S. Beef/Chicken In Potential U.K. Trade Deal
KIWA Radio (IA)
Jan 13, 2020
IABRN — The U.S. beef and poultry industries got some bad news through a recent article on BBC.Com.
Chlorine-washed chicken and hormone-treated beef will be kept out of the United Kingdom under any potential trade deal with the U.S. That comes straight from the UK environmental secretary. Theresa Villiers told the BBC that the current European Union ban on the products will carry over into UK legislation after the United Kingdom leaves the EU. Villiers says, “There are legal barriers to the imports and those are going to stay in place. We will defend our national interests and our values, including our high standards of animal welfare.”
The EU says using chlorine to wash the chickens and kill salmonella infections allows American farmers to be careless with the welfare of chickens. There is no known human health threat from using the solution to keep chickens free of infection. The EU also says feeding cows with growth-enhancing chemicals could potentially have negative health effects on the humans that consumer the beef products.
The United States says these rules are nothing more than...