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Post Brexit UK ag biotech policy: USDA official calls European approach to GMOs and food safety ‘old-fashioned, based on traditions and not modern science’

Addressing The Scottish Farmer, amongst other UK journalists at a food show in Chicago, Foreign Agricultural Service administrator Ken Isley responded to apprehensions held by many over chlorinated chicken and GM products flooding UK shelves in the event of a post-Brexit trade deal.

“Chlorinating chicken is a limited process here in the US and is being phased out for newer technologies – less than 20% of chicken is now chlorinated.

“In a lot of ways it (the EU approach) is old-fashioned, it’s based on traditions, not based on modern science and technology. There is a view that innovation should apply everywhere but agriculture and I disagree with that,” he continued.

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“The US has billions of acres of crops which have been grown using bio-technology without a single food safety issue and we think the advantages far outweigh the potential concerns.”

Mr Isley went on to suggest that developments in UK agriculture have been stifled by choosing not to embrace ‘modern technologies.’

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