Poultry Meat: USA

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 10th June 2019.

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Photo of Bill Esterson Bill Esterson Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Shadow Minister (International Trade)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the potential effect on (a) the poultry meat sector and (b) consumers of the importation of poultry washed with (i) chlorine and (ii) other antimicrobial washes from the US.

Photo of Robert Goodwill Robert Goodwill The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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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