Post Brexit Trade Deals

Boris Johnson (BoJo) has recently announced a trade deal made with America which  will have Chlorinated chickens on supermarket shelves within weeks.The US has wanted a way into Europe for years with Chlorinated chicken but has not been able to because the system of washing the birds was thought to allow for poor hygiene along the supply chain.

The system is that slaughtered birds are gutted and examined before being sent for this final chemical wash or  Pathogen Reduction Treatment. Now I won’t maintain that this method isn’t perfectly safe but the US have been a little peeeved not to be able to export their birds to the EU since 1997.Why ? Well it’s because the EU including the UK have a system for preparing birds which don’t allow for poor hygiene along the supply chain and needs only air and water to prepare it for the table (and cooking of course)

So now we leave the EU do we end the health regulations that we agreed with for so long just to create a trade deal that comforts Donald Trump. Is he bossing BoJo or maybe threatening him. Either way BoJo needs to consider the people of the UK before the Government has to stand the  cost of the order made but not wanted and has to dispose of them all because supermarkets don’t want them. Taking once forbidden fruit like this is going to affect any trade with the EU. And, while I was for Brexit I always thought we could rub along nicely with them if we didn’t go sticking a wet finger in their ear.

I suggest that we tell BoJo thanks but no thanks with this deal and let’s continue eating the chicken we prepare ourselves and we know is safe. And BoJo, don’t try and turn into Trump or you’ll have even less friends than now.

Another little gem that Trump wants over in Europe but has so far been rejected is hormone fed beef. It’s banned inn Europe and I sincerely hope will be banned here too as one of the hormones routinely used in producing the beef is shown to be a significant cancer risk.

Hugs to all and a wish for safety during the Coronavirus.

 

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Retired Local Government Officer who started to write at age 60 and hasn't looked back. Writes a humorous diary on the life of a member of the gentry.......and the village he lives in with his sadistic early morning alarm cat Oscar and his wife the formidable Lady J. Oscar even has his own book now, but the writing has stopped.
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33 Responses to Post Brexit Trade Deals

  1. Scottie says:

    Hello David. I find it interesting that Europe has determined the safety of people eating food produced there is important enough to require the extra safety protocols, yet in the US profit is king so maximizing it at the risk of the people eating the food is the preferred way. Compare people over profit vs profit over people. Also I am sorry our government is pushing our unsafe food practices on your country, I hope you don’t take them. Hugs

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    • davidprosser says:

      Thanks so much Scottie. It;s a pity the growers, makers and producers of goods don’t try to come up with the safest methods of all to protect their customers. After all, if the EU knows of a carcinogenic being used to bulk out beef, why are the American safety offices still allowing this to be usd on it’s own citizens?
      Hugs

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      • Scottie says:

        Hello David. I agree. But we both know to some people greed, their own wealth means more to them than anyone else’s life. They would sacrifice towns and cities for more money. Hugs

        Liked by 3 people

  2. jilldennison says:

    I had rather hoped that Boris was smart enough to know Trump cannot be trusted. Whereas most trade deals are made with the intention of benefiting all parties, n Trump’s mind, every negotiation has a ‘winner’ and a ‘loser’. He delights in cheating others. But sadly, it seems that Boris has decided to emulate Trump. I hope the people of the UK absolutely refuse to buy any of the chicken imported from the U.S. Another aspect to consider is that U.S., chickens being raised for the commercial market are treated terribly, confined in small spaces with far too many birds for them to be healthy, and in unsanitary conditions, hence the need for the chlorination to kill the bacteria. Boris made a terrible decision in signing a deal with Trump. As I said, I thought he was smarter than that. Sigh.
    Cwtch

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    • 1EarthUnited says:

      Agree 100%, factory farming is so grotesque and cruel, most of my peers chose veganism after watching videos. Not to mention health cannot be attained by ingesting poisons. Poultry producers contract the cheapest quality feed, usually Monsanto monopolized GMO corn, rapeseed and other rancid heavily pesticide grains. It’s no accident that Americans are the sickest, fattest, pharmaceutically addicted, addle minded ppl in the world. Just look at our leaders! Stay away from US food supply, it’s mostly toxic.

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    • davidprosser says:

      I’m hoping Boris is smarter than he looks and acts and that he can get a trade deal that doesn’t make us scream too much.Maybe he will have checked the condition the chickens are kept in and maybe he’s just pretending to be interested in Trump.so it doesn’t cost the government too much. I suggest any chickens he buys either go straight on the tip or are cooked for the homeless.
      Cwtch

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  3. davidprosser says:

    I think people are finding out that BoJo’s ‘Hail Fellow, Well Met’ is not a sign of confidence more a sign of someone in too deep.Possibly going down for the third time. It would be good if the food safety standards could bring about a change in the rearing of chickens across America so this method of washing can be changed to make things better for the home market.
    Cwtch

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    • 1EarthUnited says:

      David, in the states, classism determine who eats well. The rich can afford the organic free range, chemical free meats that are 3-5X the price of commercially raised. It’s sad to see the poor in my country obese and malnourished. I wish the population wake up and demand safer food supply or start boycotting! At the very least boycott all fast food for goodness sake.

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  4. jilldennison says:

    Reblogged this on Filosofa's Word and commented:
    Over the years, the U.S. has taken unhealthy shortcuts to increase profits in nearly every industry, including agriculture. Poultry farms have sacrificed hygiene for increased production, and so chicken is washed with chlorine and other chemicals to kill off harmful bacteria that is likely to be present on carcasses. The UK and EU have worked to maintain higher standards so that such chemicals are not required to make their chicken safe. Six months ago, the UK government promised the people they would NOT import chlorinated chicken from the U.S., but now it appears that the UK is set to back down on that promise in order to secure a trade deal with the dishonest “leader” of the U.S. Our friend David writes about this from the UK perspective …

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  5. rawgod says:

    I cannot tell you the exact differences, but to best of my knowledge chifcken and beef products are not allowed to cross the border from the States to Canada, though a lot of it goes south. Our standards, I am told, are much much higher than in America. Why isn’t BoBo BoJo looking to a related country rather than a break-off nation? I don’t understand!

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    • davidprosser says:

      Me neither. I fully expected him to start looking at Canada, Australia , New Zealand and other Commonwealth Countries. I have a suspicion BoJo is rather dazzled by Trump’s success as told to him by Trump.
      Hugs

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      • rawgod says:

        Yeah, he’s so charming everybody believes everything he says. BoJo is jealous, I guess.

        Liked by 2 people

      • davidprosser says:

        He’s not jealous of the rug on Trump’s head but he could well be jealous at the size of country Trump gets to manage. I nearly said To rule then but that’s a bit close to the truth. The King of America, the Dynasty.

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      • Scottie says:

        Hello David. Isn’t Boris rather in with Putin and Russia. I remember that before the recent election you guys had, the government refused to release the report of Russian meddling in your elections. After Boris won it was released and showed massive Russian interference. I am not sure of all the connections but I did read that Boris and Putin were connected. Maybe Vlad wants his pets to play nice with each other? Hugs

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      • davidprosser says:

        I’m not really aware of a closeness to Putin but it wouldn’t surprise me with the amount Putin spends on trying to get close tp Western Politicians one or two would come inder his sway. I’d have thought he’d keep details of the Russiam interference quiet rather than release them i f he was on Putin’s side. Hugs

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      • jilldennison says:

        Perhaps, then, Boris will wake up to reality when Trump is soundly defeated on November 3rd (fingers crossed).
        Cwtch

  6. Keith says:

    David, if I am not mistaken, a solution to overextended FDA inspectors is to have the poultry industry help with inspection process. What is the old adage about the fox guarding the hen house? We observe the US president screwing Americans to help owners, but now through Boris, he can screw Brits.

    There is a line uttered by an energy consultant about Trump that suits. Trump is not pro-coal miners, he is pro coal mine owners – there is a big difference. It is worth looking into to see if I recalled the poultry inspection process change correctly. Keith

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  7. 1EarthUnited says:

    Chemical wash? Doesn’t sound very appetizing, glad i’m a vegan 🙂
    Seems like the UK got the short end of the stick with this Trump “deal”.
    Stick with free range organic that a local farmer raised, never eat commercial.
    Better yet, veganism is green, sustainable agriculture. No animal suffering.
    Much better for health, wealth, energy and longevity. Just a thought.
    I recommend EU boycott all American goods and services, for peace of mind.
    Be well David 🙂

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    • davidprosser says:

      Sounds like vegan is the way to go. I guess we did get the short end of the stick but it;s self inflicted.I assume that Boris needs something to hand the country to get the economy going as we come out of Covid 19.I don’t mind commercial as long as the whole stage from birth to table is humane and healthy- yes I see the irony.. I don’t mind trade with America but I certainly wouldn’t want food as they use so many growth mediums.there.
      Hugs.. Thank you, I shall try.

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      • franklparker says:

        Hi David. I can’t see how importing low grade chicken, or beef, in competition with our own producers helps our economy! But, from the strart of your post and this thread I have been puzzled because I have seen nothjing in the MSM about this deal, other than speculation about what it might include – nothing to say it has been signed off. I sincerely hope there is time to stop it and that, if it is agreed, the Great British Public boycott it with their usual enthusiasm (which epithet you can take either way, depending on your personal view of the GBP!)
        Added later: Just checked and an article in the Telegraph says that the deal does allow for the import of chlorinated chicken but with a tariff applied, adding that: “a coalition of 13 major environmental organisations including the National Trust, RSPB, WWF and The Wildlife Trusts, has warned that setting a high tariff on hormone-fed beef or chlorinated chicken “is no substitute for simply barring them as unfit for British consumers”.”

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      • davidprosser says:

        Hi Frank, no sorry, nothing is signed off on this yet but I understand there has been a verbal agreement between the leaders,If BoJo knew how many years we’ve fought to keep chlorinated chicken out of European markets he wouldn’t make promises. If it did go ahead I’d hope that the Supermarkets would refuse to carry it on the grounds it wouldn’t be popular so the public wouldn’t even see it. The Government would then stand the cost of the order and keep it off sale.
        Hugs

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    • davidprosser says:

      Thank you, getting better all the rime xxxx

      Like

  8. Scottie says:

    Hello David. Reading the comments sparked another question I have. There must still be a lot of businesses in the UK that sell things with chicken in them to the EU. They will have to be very careful not to use the US chicken in any of these products wont they? Hugs

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