Supermarket giant Aldi has released a statement about its stance on selling chlorinated chicken in its stores.
Aldi UK’s CEO Giles Hurley has vowed that the supermarket will only ever sell fresh chicken and beef from British farmers.
Aldi has also ruled out selling chlorinated chicken or hormone treated beef, regardless of any future trade deals.
Giles Hurley, CEO of Aldi, said: “Aldi is one of the biggest supporters of British suppliers and we want to make it clear that will always be the case. 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.
“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.
“Britain has some of the highest food quality standards in the world, and our commitment to only source chicken and beef from this country means our customers know they are always buying high quality Aldi products at unbeatable value.”
Aldi isn’t the only supermarket to pledge never to sell chlorinated chicken.
Waitrose, too, has said that it will not sell anything that does not meet the supermarket’s ‘own high standards’.
In Waitrose’s Weekend magazine, boss James Bailey said: “We will never sell any Waitrose product that does not meet our own high standards.
He added that “any regression from the standards we have pioneered for the last 30 years would be an unacceptable backwards step”.
“It would be simply wrong to maintain high standards at home yet import food from overseas that has been produced to lower standards.
“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.”
A Department for International Trade spokesman said: “This government has been clear it will not sign a trade deal that will compromise our high environmental protection, animal welfare and food safety standards.
“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.”
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