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European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:04 pm on 9th January 2020.

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Photo of Neil Parish Neil Parish Conservative, Tiverton and Honiton 4:04 pm, 9th January 2020

My hon. Friend is right. With chicken, the issue is not the use of chlorine gas in the processing—in fact, only about 20% of American chicken is dealt with in that way. The point is the Americans rear broilers at probably three or four times the density that we do and they use far more antibiotics, and they use the chlorine process to enable them to bring their chicken to the market. All we have to do as we do a trade deal with the European Union is lay down the rules on the welfare of chickens. We are actually proposing higher welfare standards in the Agriculture Bill. That is how we deal with it. Chlorine is not necessarily the issue.