Agri­cul­tural lobby is as strong as gun own­ers

Gloucestershire Echo - - LETTERS & OPINION -

✒ BORIS John­son is such a one isn’t he?

Hav­ing told a fib about rules con­cern­ing the treat­ment of kip­pers, he man­aged a porkie dur­ing his time in Biar­ritz about (ap­pro­pri­ately) pork pies.

If this coun­try finds it­self mak­ing trade deals with the USA once re­leased the re­stric­tions of EU mem­ber­ship we should re­flect on the fact that US deaths due to food poi­son­ing are about ten times the rate of ours.

The agricultur­e lobby over there is said to be as pow­er­ful as the gun lobby: be aware

The no­to­ri­ous “chlo­ri­nated chicken” is be­cause their hy­giene stan­dards are so poor.

For in­stance in the US it is ac­cept­able for “chicken lit­ter” (poul­try bed­ding mixed with chicken fae­ces) to be in­cor­po­rated into an­i­mal feed.

In this coun­try we learned our lessons long ago at the time of “mad cow disease”.

US food con­tains a wide range of ad­di­tives not per­mit­ted in the EU, such as potas­sium bro­mate as a “dough im­prover”.

Cos­met­ics, too. In the EU there is a sched­ule of sub­stances which are not per­mit­ted.

When I last did an in­ter­net search the list ran to 1300 dif­fer­ent com­pounds. In the USA there are eleven sub­stances on a “Banned” list. Fol­low­ers of “Leave” and “Re­main” cam­paigns will know that this note is sim­ply an ex­am­ple of Project

Fear. John Rick­etts Lyn­worth

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