Yes, I read that article Pete… here’s another US Farming chap who is deliberately missing the point, he says:
One of the most controversial practices is washing chicken with chlorine to kill germs, which is banned in the EU. This is not because the wash itself is harmful but over fears that treating meat with chlorine at the end allows poorer hygiene elsewhere in the production process.
“You know, here in America we treat our water with chlorine,” Mr Duvall told the BBC’s Today programme.
"So there is no scientific basis that says that washing poultry with a chlorine wash just to be safe of whatever pathogens might be on that chicken as it was prepared for the market, should be taken away.
“If there was something wrong with it our federal inspection systems would not be allowing us to use that,” he added.
What he is hiding is that it isn’t about chlorine. It is about poorer welfare standards on poultry farms.
Those poorer standards allow for poor practices that are both worse for the welfare of the chickens (or other animals) as well as allow for poor hygiene elsewhere in the process.
In the UK and EU we have worked for years to improve hygiene and welfare standards of poultry through the whole food supply chain… if that final chemical decontamination step was allowed then all the other standards would slip.
And now… all that will be thrown away as we lower standards to allow in such US products… all in a race to the lowest welfare standards.
Kath Dalmeny, chief executive of food and farming alliance Sustain, agrees that food standards across the board in the UK will take a hit after Brexit if ideas of trade deals with the US are floated:
The US has made it abundantly clear that if the UK wants to do a trade deal with them we will have to lower our food standards. That would mean UK consumers being forced to accept things like hormone beef, pesticides currently banned in the UK, the removal of E number additive labelling and overuse of farm antibiotics.