Waitrose won’t ever inventory chlorinated rooster, says boss

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The new boss of grocery store Waitrose has backed calls to cease any rest of rules banning imports of chlorinated rooster and hormone-injected beef.

James Bailey stated Waitrose wouldn’t inventory such merchandise.

The message helps a National Farmers Union marketing campaign to ban imports of meals produced to a decrease commonplace than presently allowed within the UK.

Trade Secretary Liz Truss instructed MPs final week that the UK’s meals requirements is not going to be compromised by new commerce offers.

She was responding to rising fears that decrease commonplace imported meals might type a part of a future UK-US commerce deal.

In Waitrose’s Weekend journal Mr Bailey identified that one million folks have signed a National Farmers Union (NFU) petition calling for legal guidelines to forestall future commerce offers resulting in meals imports that may be unlawful to supply within the UK.

“We will never sell any Waitrose product that does not meet our own high standards,” he stated.

He stated that “any regression from the standards we have pioneered for the last 30 years would be an unacceptable backwards step”.

He added: “It can be merely fallacious to keep up excessive requirements at home but import meals from abroad that has been produced to decrease requirements.

“We would be closing our eyes to a problem that exists in another part of the world and to animals who are out of our sight and our minds.”

Maintaining requirements

The majority of British shoppers are towards imports of decrease commonplace meals, based on a Which? survey printed on Thursday.

Some 95% of shoppers stated it is necessary for the UK to keep up present meals requirements, which ban using chlorine-washing, development hormones and lots of pesticides.

Meanwhile 86% fear a weakening of requirements might result in the import of merchandise banned within the UK.

Which? warned that would result in chlorinated rooster and hormone-treated beef being served up in faculties, hospitals and eating places, the place folks might have little info or selection about what they eat.

Sue Davies, head of client safety and meals coverage at Which?, stated: “Food standards in the UK must not be compromised by any trade deal that would betray decades of progress on food safety, quality and animal welfare.”

A Department for International Trade spokesman stated: “This authorities has been clear it is not going to signal a commerce deal that may compromise our excessive environmental safety, animal welfare and meals security requirements.

“Chlorinated chicken and hormone-injected beef are not permitted for import into the UK. This will be retained through the EU Withdrawal Act and enshrined in UK law at the end of the transition agreement.”