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Fox putting chicken industry at risk – John O’Dowd

25 July, 2017 - by John O'Dowd

Sinn Féin MLA John O’ Dowd has challenged James Brokenshire to confirm or deny if he shares his Tory colleague Liam Fox’s views on the importation of chlorinated chicken imports from the US.

John O’Dowd said:

“The British Government Trade Secretary Liam Fox in the US negotiating a future trade deal and James Brokenshire is also there allegedly drumming up future trade for the North. 

 “The importation of chlorinated chicken imports from the US into the North will not only destroy up to 6,000 jobs in the North, it will also put food safety and the health of the population at risk.

“The Tory DUP vision of Brexit is a new trade deal with the US which in turn will allow the US to flood the local market with chlorinated washed chicken products as well as other products of dubious origin and food safety quality.

“The poultry industry alone employs up to 6,000 people in the North. Liam Fox’s discussions in Washington are now putting the local chicken industry at risk.

“Our supermarkets will be flooded with poor quality food with consumers left with no option but to buy food which simply would not be allowed on the shelves under current EU regulations.

“James Brokenshire needs to make his position clear.  Is he prepared to sacrifice 6,000 jobs in the north in pursuit of the Tory DUP Brexit agenda?” 

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