UK worries Brexit could bring ‘chlorinated chicken’ from US
NEW YORK (AP) — Could Brexit bring America’s “chlorinated chicken” to the United Kingdom?
The European Union has long refused to import poultry from the United States that is routinely rinsed with chemical washes to kill germs. But the United Kingdom’s planned exit from the EU is putting the practice back in the spotlight, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson even taunting Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn by calling him a “chlorinated chicken.”
The term has come to sum up concerns that Britain could be pressured to accept to looser food safety standards when negotiating its own post-Brexit trade deals.
The U.S. chicken industry says the use of chlorine has declined to about 10% of the country’s plants, as other chemicals have become more common. It says the rinses help improve food safety.