Poultry Meat: USA

Department for International Trade written question – answered on 23rd May 2019.

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Photo of Kerry McCarthy Kerry McCarthy Labour, Bristol East

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on (a) UK farmers and (b) poultry welfare standards of the importation of poultry washed with (i) chlorine and (ii) other disinfectants from the US.

Photo of George Hollingbery George Hollingbery Minister of State (International Trade)

We are committed to maintaining our rigorous standards on animal welfare and food safety after Brexit - high standards and high quality are what our domestic and global customers demand, and that is what we will provide.

The existing food safety provisions regarding chlorine and other pathogen reduction treatments for poultry will be transferred into UK law by the European Union (Withdrawal) Act.

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