Woody Johnson

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Washington’s ambassador to the UK has defended the US’s strategy to meals hygiene and farming.

Criticism of US meals requirements was “designed to cut back not improve commerce”, Woody Johnson instructed the BBC.

US beef and rooster producers use processes not permitted within the EU, together with rinsing rooster carcasses with chlorine.

However Mr Johnson stated the UK ought to settle for American meat as a part of a post-Brexit commerce deal.

“To get a sturdy commerce association, that lifts all boats, it has to incorporate farming and farm merchandise,” he stated.

Whether or not the UK ought to permit imports of US-produced beef and rooster after it leaves the EU is among the many most contentious commerce questions.

He stated Individuals believed their meals was “cost-effective and humane” and would have taken authorized motion in the event that they felt there was something improper with the protection of their meals.

“If I had my selection between rooster that was protected and clear and did not have campylobacter materials and poisons on it… I might take the one which had been cleaned sufficiently,” he stated.

UK farmer organisations have argued that whereas US manufacturing strategies are protected, animal welfare and environmental requirements are decrease than within the UK.

Mr Johnson rejected that. “American farmers care about their land and their animals as a lot as they do right here. A variety of these statements are designed, maybe by the EU, to create limitations to US farm merchandise,” he stated.

He stated 90% of American farms have been owned by households and cited his personal mom, who he stated continued to drive a tractor on the household’s natural farm into her 90s.

He added that he had confidence that regardless of the consequence of Brexit, the “particular relationship” between the US and the UK would proceed. “Our relationship is extra essential than ever,” he stated.