The good thing is, the EU currently forbids the import of chlorine-washed chicken into Europe and has done so for the past 20 years.
In future, the UK will have to sort out it's own wish list in terms of hygiene standards while, possibly, at the same time having to avoid upsetting a trade partner it might be reliant on.
Devil wrote: ↑Tue Jun 04, 2019 1:28 pmThere is nothing wrong with using sodium hypochlorite solutions for sterilising food. The problem with US chicken is that it is often badly contaminated with faecal matter because of primitive slaughtering methods. IF the chickens were clean BEFORE the hypochlorite, there would be no problem; unfortunately, that is often not the case and you may buy your 'sterilised' chicken, encrusted with visible dollops of sh1t. The US does not want to respect EU cleanliness standards but they want to sell contaminated chicken to the UK post-Brexit.
If you had seen the programme Brian it goes much further than chickens being 'contaminated with faecal matter'. Conditions in the processing plant were quite the worst I have seen in any 'tell-all' food processing documentary. Floor and machinery was awash with bits of contaminated meat. Polystrene trays of raw chicken were stacked one of top of the other, meaning the undersides of trays were contaminated. The amount of limb loss by employees due to poor machinery safeguards was appalling; one employee lost three fingers while the undercover reporter was there filming. Staff training was almost non-existant.
You can get a flavour of the programme content from the 3 minute Twitter video halfway down this article: https://www.virginmediatelevision.ie/xp ... with-Trump
Sodium Hypochlorite does nothing more than partially eradicate contamination arising from hygiene failings. An EU food inspector commented on the programme that while dilute bleach will kill off 90% of bacteria and pathogens, 10% will survive.
This is what the USA wants to foist on an unsuspecting UK (which has hitherto been protected by EU food quality standards) as part of a new trade deal.
Good luck with that one!