Which? response to Liam Fox’s comments on chlorinated chicken at the Institute for Government

Caroline Normand, Which? Director of Advocacy, said:

“Liam Fox is wrong to suggest chlorinated chicken is not a food safety and standards issue. One of the reasons why foodborne disease rates are so much higher in the US is that these measures are often used as a desperate attempt to make up for widespread safety problems in food production – leaving bacteria like salmonella to run rampant.

“Our research has shown British consumers are united in their opposition to lowering food standards as part of any future trade deal – with nearly seven in 10 saying they would be uncomfortable eating chlorine-washed chicken.

“Brexit is an opportunity to design a joined up food and farming policy that ensures food is produced to the highest standards – the nation’s health needs must not be used as a bargaining chip that could be given away to facilitate transatlantic trade.”

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