Sue Davies, Head of Consumer Protection and Food Policy at Which? said:
“The government’s failure to give clear assurances on chlorinated chicken will do nothing to ease the concerns of many people who fear ministers are preparing to trade away two decades of progress on food safety and animal welfare standards.
“Our research has shown British consumers are opposed to imports of food produced to lower standards and that a large majority would be uncomfortable eating hormone-treated beef or chlorine-washed chicken – so the government should ensure these foods do not end up in our supermarkets or served in restaurants, schools and hospitals, where consumers have no choice about the country of origin.
“The government must deliver on its promise to protect food standards by legislating in the Agriculture or Trade Bills, so consumers can have confidence that these standards will not be undermined by future trade deals.”