UK ban on US chlorinated rooster ‘to proceed after Brexit’


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Chlorine-washed rooster and hormone-treated beef can be stored out of the UK underneath any commerce take care of the US, the setting secretary has promised.

Theresa Villiers advised the BBC the present European Union ban on the 2 meals can be carried over into UK laws after Brexit.

Till now the UK has been wavering on the difficulty.

However she advised BBC Countryfile: “There are authorized limitations to the imports and people are going to remain in place.”

Ms Villiers has beforehand talked of imposing tariffs on any future imports of US rooster and beef. However she’s been underneath nice strain from Britain’s farmers.

Within the unique interview with the Countryfile programme, she stated: “We are going to defend our nationwide pursuits and our values, together with our excessive requirements of animal welfare.”

Chlorine-washed rooster and hormone-treated beef are unlawful underneath EU legislation for various causes.

The EU says feeding cows with growth-enhancing chemical compounds may doubtlessly end in hurt to beef-eating people – a suggestion the US fervently rejects.

There may be, then again, no human well being menace from utilizing a bleach answer to kill salmonella on chickens. In actual fact, it’s fairly efficient.

However the EU says utilizing chlorine permits American farmers to be careless with the welfare of the chickens.

The US regards the principles towards these merchandise as a European ruse to guard its personal producers, and has said that the commerce of each meat merchandise can be central to any UK-US commerce deal after Brexit.

So Ms Villiers’ promise might please British shoppers sad with the considered rooster sprayed with bleach. However it might make issues harder for Britain’s commerce negotiators.


The setting secretary has made a robust promise that “authorized limitations” to the import of chlorinated rooster and hormone-treated beef will “keep in place” and that the federal government will “maintain the road” on this even when insisted upon by President Trump in commerce talks. This makes a fast commerce take care of the US fairly difficult to envisage.

Leaked US-UK commerce paperwork confirmed the US tried to ascertain how far the UK would, after Brexit, detach from the EU’s laborious line towards US farm commerce strategies. US officers had made a presentation and repeatedly raised the “unscientific strategy the EU maintains in the direction of Pathogen Discount Therapies [chlorinated chicken]”. The US has been in a dispute with the EU over such strategies since 1997.

If the setting secretary’s rejection of such key US exports is echoed within the UK’s negotiating place with the US, the US Congress may additionally object. When related statements have been made by Michael Gove, when he was former setting secretary, in 2017, it brought on a rift in cupboard with Liam Fox, who was then commerce secretary .

It’s a clear instance of the fragile balancing act and trade-offs concerned within the UK’s new post-Brexit commerce freedom.


The total interview with the setting secretary can be proven on Countryfile on BBC1 on 26 January.

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