Remember when Theresa Villiers made this promise, back in January?
Here's a government Minister back in January, promising that chlorinated chicken and hormone-treated beef would not be allowed into the UK. It will.
Tory promises mean nothing. pic.twitter.com/RgET68p8KN
— The Prole Star (@TheProleStar) June 5, 2020
Boris Johnson has just turned her into a liar:
The Conservative manifesto promised: "we will not compromise on our high environmental protection, animal welfare and food standards”.
Six months later …https://t.co/oxWVHJc5hQ
— George Monbiot (@GeorgeMonbiot) June 4, 2020
According to the Telegraph:
Britain is prepared to permit imports of chlorinated chicken from the US but will slap high tariffs on cheaply-produced food in order to minimise the impact on British farmers.
The latest Government proposal for a trade deal with the US is for a “dual tariff” regime that imposes different levels of duty on imported foods, depending on whether they comply with UK animal welfare standards.
Hormone-fed beef, chlorinated chicken and other foods that use techniques banned in Britain will be allowed across the Atlantic, but ministers want to use tariffs to make it uneconomical for US producers to export them to the UK.
It’s a classic Tory tactic.
Faced with public opposition to a plan, they say they absolutely will not allow it – not now, not ever, our laws forbid it.
Then they wait a while, before saying: “Oh, we’re going to allow it but with severe restrictions.”
Then when the change comes into effect, they quietly ensure that no restrictions are imposed.
Bear in mind that 14.7 per cent of US citizens suffer from a food-borne illness each year, compared with just 1.5 per cent of UK citizens. Watch the UK percentage skyrocket after this change is imposed.
Today’s announcement means you will be asked to eat chicken and beef that does not meet UK food standards – effectively poisoning yourself so fat Tory businesspeople can have a cosy trade deal with the United States that the majority of people in the UK don’t want. And they won’t be chomping on chlorinated crap!
And… chlorinated is only used as being symbolic of the unacceptable drop in food standards… it’s not the only one. https://t.co/olQBQmI4qT
— Deborah Meaden (@DeborahMeaden) June 5, 2020
14.7% of Americans suffer from a food-borne illness each year compared to just 1.5% of Brits. https://t.co/XMWO7RbOlU
— Carole Hawkins (@hawkins_carole) June 5, 2020
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