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.