Fears have been rising that chicken washed in chlorine – a common practice in the US – would be allowed into Britain under a post-Brexit deal with the US.
Fox, the trade secretary, had claimed that there was ‘no health issue’ with the controversial practice, adding that it was ‘too early’ to comment on the specifics of a free trade agreement.
But Environment Secretary Gove has now intervened, clearly stating that chlorinated chickens won’t come anywhere near Britain.
Asked if the chickens would be allowed under a free trade deal, Gove told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘No. I have made it perfectly clear, and indeed this is something on which all members of the Government are agreed, that we are not going to dilute our high animal welfare standards, or our high environmental standards, in pursuit of any trade deal.’