Assuming that trade negotiations ever get going between the United States and the United Kingdom, feathers on both sides could get ruffled over poultry. U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson told U.S. Vice President Mike Pence that, “We’re not to keen on chlorinated chicken.” During a visit to the U.K. last week, Pence did admit that poultry could become a sticky issue in the negotiations.
Politico says Johnson’s comments refer to the American practice of washing chicken with chemicals to kill pathogens like salmonella and E. coli. The process is called “pathogen reduction treatment” and it’s banned in the European Union. During dinner remarks last week, Pence admitted that chlorinated chicken will be the subject of some “pretty tough discussions.”
During discussions last week, Johnson talked about his desire to free up the U.S. market to more British exports. He says Americans “don’t eat any British lamb or beef or haggis from Scotland.” Haggis is the national dish of Scotland and a pudding made from sheep’s heart, liver, and lungs.
Johnson promises to pull the U.K out of the European Union by October 31.