Would Liam Fox eat chlorine-washed chicken?

The short answer is, we don’t know.

Fox was asked about whether he would eat chlorine-washed chicken after a UK-US trade deal was agreed.

The international trade secretary, had just finished his speech on trade in Washington, when he was asked if he fancied eating some of this chemically treated poultry.

He said: “In a debate which should be about how we make our contribution to global liberalisation and the increased prosperity of both the UK, the US and our trading partners, the complexities of those – the continuity agreements, the short-term gains that we may make, the opportunities we have and our ability to work jointly towards both a free-trade agreement and WTO liberalisation – the British media are obsessed with chlorine-washed chickens, a detail of the very end stage of one sector of a potential free trade agreement. I say no more than that.”

The Labour MP Ben Bradshaw said: “This row about chlorine chicken is a direct result of the government’s decision to leave the single market. They are so desperate for new trade deals to make up for some of the losses that they seem ready to compromise on the safety of the food we eat.

“The government must not water down rules that protect consumers, and neither should they follow any policy that undermines our own farmers.

“If they want to boost our economy, they should do so by keeping Britain in the single market, rather than selling ourselves short in desperation for new trade deals.”

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1 Response

  1. James

    Well, I suspect that I have eaten such chicken on visits to the USA. I can’t say that I’d noticed any difference.

    And a quick googling of the issues shows that the EU objections are not to the process of washing ITSELF, but follow from their idea that such cleaning processes MAY lead to OTHER processes in the supply chain to be less rigorous in maintaining cleanliness. Hardly a convincing argument.

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