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MPs urge UK ban on chlorinated chicken and hormone-fed beef

MPs urge UK ban on chlorinated chicken and hormone-fed beef

Science
Hormone-fed beef and chlorine-washed chicken should remain banned in England after Brexit, the government has been warned.Ministers say the issue will be dealt with in the upcoming Trade Bill. But opponents of these practices say that could lead to farm standards being bargained away in negotiations.Instead, they want ministers to guarantee food standards in the Agriculture Bill, which returns to the House of Commons on Wednesday.Some Conservative MPs have joined up with the opposition to demand protection for England's farmers from lower standard produce from countries like the US.Farmers there are allowed to feed beef with hormones and wash chickens with chlorine solution in order to maximise productivity. But both of these practices are currently banne...
UK ban on US chlorinated chicken ‘to continue after Brexit’

UK ban on US chlorinated chicken ‘to continue after Brexit’

Business
Chlorine-washed chicken and hormone-treated beef will be kept out of the UK under any trade deal with the US, the environment secretary has promised.Theresa Villiers told the BBC the current European Union ban on the two foods will be carried over into UK legislation after Brexit.Until now the UK has been wavering on the issue.But she told BBC Countryfile: “There are legal barriers to the imports and those are going to stay in place.”Ms Villiers has previously talked of imposing tariffs on any future imports of US chicken and beef. But she’s been under great pressure from Britain’s farmers.In the exclusive interview with the Countryfile programme, she said: “We will defend our national interests and our values, including our high standards of animal welfa