The Government has back-tracked today over Liam Fox’s announcement that a proposed trade deal between the UK and the US would not rule out the import of chlorinated chicken. Chlorinated chickens are currently banned by the EU for health reasons, but Fox indicated that the issue could be discussed as part of the negotiations.
Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, said on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme that there was no discussion to be had on the issue. He added:
“I made it perfectly clear, and indeed this is something on which all members of the government are agreed, that we are not going to dilute our high animal welfare standards or our high environmental standards in pursuit of any trade deal”.