PM’s spokesman refuses to answer questions on whether post-Brexit trade deal could mean lowering food standards and lifting ban on chlorine-washed chicken

No 10 is not ruling out lowering food standards, such as allowing chlorinated chicken from the US, to accommodate a wave of post-Brexit trade deals.

Theresa May’s official spokesman said “maintaining safety and public confidence in food is of the highest priority” but repeatedly refused to answer questions on whether this could mean lifting the ban on chlorine-washed chicken from the US.

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