Eight in ten Bris think it's unacceptable for chlorinated chicken to be sold in the UK
80 & of Britons consider the import of chlorinated chicken from the USA to be unacceptable. (PA)
Eight out of ten Britons consider it unacceptable for Britain to allow chlorinated chicken to be imported from the United States, according to a new survey.
YouGov asked people about possible changes that could result from a new trade agreement with the U.S. and found that the majority of respondents believed that it would be unacceptable for the UK to accept lower quality food imports in return for an agreement accept.
According to the results, 80% of the British considered selling chlorine-washed chicken in the UK unacceptable. Only 8% said it was acceptable, while 12% said they didn't know.
The UK had previously announced that it would not accept chlorinated chicken from the United States under a trade agreement, but in February, Environment Secretary George Eustice refused to exclude the import of chlorinated chicken and hormone-treated beef from the United States after Brexit.
The problem has raised widespread concern. Minette Batters, president of the National Farmers' Union (NFU), said the government was "morally bankrupt" to have global trade agreements undermine British food standards.
According to the YouGov survey, 80% of respondents also found it unacceptable for the UK to get chicken fed hormones, while 75% disagreed with the fact that dairy products treated with antibiotics were shipped to the UK, and 79% said Vegetables with pesticides are banned The EU would be unacceptable.
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Less than ten percent of adults said that each of the four categories listed was acceptable.
According to the survey, men in the UK generally advocate more product quality changes than women - chlorinated chickens are four times more likely to be approved (13% vs. 3% of women).
The issue of chlorinated chicken also appears to differ depending on the politics, although conservative voters tend to agree.
When it comes to the issue, 15% of conservative voters said it was acceptable compared to only 3% of Labor voters and 4% of Liberal Democrats.
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