Sunday 23 February 2020 / 12:07 PM Luke Pollard

‘A genuine risk’ – Pollard responds to Eustice’s refusal to rule out importing chlorinated chicken

Luke Pollard MP, Labour’s Shadow Environment Secretary, responding to George Eustice’s refusal to rule out importing chlorinated chicken, said:
“British farmers pride themselves on high levels of animal welfare and environmental protections. So why won’t Ministers put into law a ban on any post-Brexit trade deal food imports from the US that are produced to lower welfare and environmental standards?

“Chlorinated chicken being sold in Britain is a genuine risk, unless this backdoor to lower standard US goods imports is closed and a ban is put into law.  It’s not just Labour saying this, there is a chorus of voices from the NFU to the RSPCA and who all want legal guarantees British farm standards won’t be undercut.

“Labour has proposed an amendment to the Agriculture Bill to put the Prime Minister’s promise on standards into law. The only reason not to back it is if they intend to break that election promise.”