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Ten Food and Farming Risks with a Transatlantic Deal

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THE SOIL ASSOCIATION has produced its own assessment of the different risks a trade deal with the US might bring about to coincide with the second reading of the Trade Bill in the House of Commons. The 10 are

  1. Chlorine-washed chicken (banned in the EU)
  2. Hormone-treated beef (banned in the EU)
  3. Ractopamine, which boosts an animal’s size, in pork (banned in the EU)
  4. Chicken litter, made from manure, dead chickens, feathers and old feed, used as animal feed (banned in the EU)
  5. Atrazine-treated crops (banned in the EU)
  6. Genetically-modified foods (restricted in the EU)
  7. Brominated vegetable oil (banned in the EU)
  8. Potassium bromate (banned in the EU)
  9. Azodicarbonamide, a bleaching agent (banned in the EU)
  10. Certain food colourants (banned in the UK and regulated in the EU)

Honor Eldridge, Policy Officer at the Soil Association, welcomed Michael Gove’s recent assurances that there would be no race to the bottom to compete with cheap imports, and his commitment to environmentally-friendly farming practices, but on a cautionary note, she added: “British farming has a reputation for high food safety and high animal welfare. It is imperative that any future trade deal does not result in a dilution of these standards for consumers.” Visit to see these top 10 safety concerns in greater detail and together with explanations.

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Paul Melnyczuk is editor of Home Farmer, and together with Ruth Tott is the founder of the company. His Ukrainian father and Austrian mother came over in the 1950s, and he was raised near Accrington (of Stanley fame) in Lancashire. With a degree in European Literature and a year spent living in Sweden, and a further 2 years in the Sudan, his background is rich and varied.

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