The chlorinated chicken hysteria

The Guardian has been going on again about the recent Brexit boogieman of ‘chlorinated chicken’ from the US:

All of which brings us to our second glimpse of the kind of deal a post-Brexit UK might expect from the US. On Thursday Lighthizer released Washington’s “negotiating objectives”, starting with “comprehensive market access for US agricultural goods in the UK”. Translation: they want the right to fill our supermarkets with their chlorinated chicken.

I expect US chlorinated chicken is manky and green and tastes disgusting, don’t you?

The only thing is this: when you go to the US, the meat is amazing. I’ve travelled around the US a lot, and being a meat fan, I’ve eaten a lot of meat there. In the big cities, and in the small backwater places. And it’s always good. Much better, on average, than the meat you get in the UK (although UK meat has improved a lot on the last few years). So the idea that we’re going to have our good old British chicken replaced by disgusting chemical meat, or perhaps rubbery tasteless processed pap, doesn’t really hold up, does it?

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7 thoughts on “The chlorinated chicken hysteria

  1. There’s also the fact that things are already washed in chlorine solutions in the Uk today, salads for example, because of the bacterial contamination issues. I don’t see the usual suspects picketing their local Tesco because the lollo rosso is covered in toxic chemicals……………

  2. I’m a little surprised. I would have thought that the chickens would be washed in a chlorine solution then rinsed to remove the chlorine. Is the chlorine solution allowed to dry on the chickens? It makes no sense.

  3. It looks like there are no issues with the chlorine wash itself. The dispute comes down to whether using a chlorine spray at the end allows cheaper but less hygienic practices to be used in the rearing.

    But no-one will be forced to buy it. Many British consumers already pay an arm and a leg for expensive free-range chickens, shunning the cheaper chickens which I go for.

  4. If we are outside the EU, don’t we get to set our own rules about what we let into the country anyway? So if the chlorinated chicken is a problem we don’t allow it in. If we are somehow forced to as part of a broader trade deal, as mentioned above, no one is forced to buy it.

  5. I”m quite amazed at the number of people for whom “If you’re against abortion, then don’t have one” is a compelling defence of Roe vs Wade, while finding “If you’re against chlorinated chicken, then don’t buy any” absurdly inadequate.

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