Discount supermarket chain Aldi has vowed not to sell chlorinated chicken, regardless of the outcome of any trade deals.
Aldi UK’s chief executive Giles Hurley said the supermarket would only ever sell fresh chicken and beef supplied by British farmers, and ruled out selling chlorinated chicken or hormone-treated beef.
The commitment comes in the wake of concerns that a future trade deal with the US could lead to a lowering of standards for imported produce and the controversial use of chicken washed in chlorine.
The National Farmers’ Union said last month that more than one million people had signed a petition urging government to ensure future trade deals do not lead to an increase in food imports that would be illegal to produce here.
Aldi already has policies to only sell British products across multiple categories, with all of its core range of fresh meat, milk and eggs supplied by British farmers.
Hurley said Aldi would always be one of the biggest supporters of British suppliers.
“We are a signatory to the NFU Back British Farming Charter and our entire core range of fresh meat and milk is from Red Tractor-approved farms in the UK,” he said. “We will never compromise on the standards or specifications of our products, and that includes a commitment to never selling chlorinated chicken or hormone injected beef.
He added that Britain had some of the highest food quality standards in the world.
Supermarket chain Waitrose also said last month it would not sell chlorinated chicken.
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