Or, according to Michel Barnier, it isn’t chlorine washed chicken time again. For the insistence is that we’ll not use, post-Brexit, such processes. Or, as some are thinking it might be, that we’ll not consume products using such processes.
This being an important difference here:
The EU will demand the UK maintains a ban on chlorinated chicken as the price for a trade agreement with Brussels, in a move that protects European meat exports and creates an obstacle to a deal with Donald Trump.
On the recommendation of France, a clause has been inserted into the EU’s negotiating mandate to insist that both sides maintain “health and product sanitary quality in the food and agriculture sector”, according to a copy leaked to the Guardian.
The paragraph, in a newly entitled section of the document for the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, called “Environment and health” provides a catch-all insurance for the EU that certain methods of food production – particular pesticides, endocrine disrupters or chlorine washes for poultry – will not be used in the UK.
Well, which is it?
Is it that we’ll not use such processes? Maybe that’s a good idea, maybe it’s not, up to you for your opinions on such things.
But there’s the other way to read it. That we’ll not allow into the country things that have been produced in such a manner. Which does rather put the kibosh on any US trade deal – or at least aspects of one.
That we don’t use such is one thing, that we don’t consume such another.