The British Poultry Council rejects the notion of importing chlorine-washed chickens as part of a makeweight in trade negotiations with the US. We are proud to produce wholesome, nutritious and affordable food for the UK population. We also know that British consumers trust nothing other than British chicken.

Richard Griffiths, Chief Executive, British Poultry Council said: “The UK Poultry meat industry stands committed to feeding the nation with nutritious food and any compromise on standards will not be tolerated. A secure post-Brexit deal must be about Britain’s future food security and safety. This is a matter of our reputation on the global stage.”

Poultry meat is the only livestock sector that is capable of quickly scaling-up production to support increased self-sufficiency of the UK.

Now is the time when Government’s support towards British farmers and food production is needed most. We urge the Government to show confidence in our world-leading food safety standards by backing British farming and cherishing its successes.