Jun 25, 2020

Waitrose will never stock chlorinated chicken, says boss

The new boss of supermarket chain Waitrose has backed calls to stop imports of chlorinated chicken and hormone-injected beef. The message supports a National Farmers Union campaign to ban imports of food produced to a lower standard than currently allowed in the UK. Trade Secretary Liz Truss told MPs last week that the UK's food standards will not be compromised by new trade deals. In Waitrose's Weekend magazine Mr Bailey pointed out that a million people have signed a National Farmers Union petition calling for laws to prevent future trade deals leading to food imports that would be illegal to produce in the UK. "We will never sell any Waitrose product that does not meet our own high standards," he said. Meanwhile 86% fear a weakening of standards could lead to the import of products banned in the UK. Which? warned that could lead to chlorinated chicken and hormone-treated beef being served up in schools, hospitals and restaurants, where people may have little information or choice about what they eat. Sue Davies, head of consumer protection and food policy at Which?, said: "Food standards in the UK must not be compromised by any trade deal that would betray decades of progress on food safety, quality and animal welfare."

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