Important debate on trade with the USA for poultry industry

Important debate on trade with the USA for poultry industry

An important debate in the House of Commons today will focus on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the UK and the USA and the poultry industry at 4.30pm, as proposed by Roger Williams MP.

According to The British Poultry Council the UK poultry industry currently supports 73,200 jobs across the UK, adds £3.3 Billion to UK GDP, pays around £1 Billion in taxes to the Treasury and it underpins UK food security in meat by providing nearly 50% of the meat eaten in Britain.

Chris Potter at The British Poultry Council said: “A badly negotiated TTIP will place all of these benefits in jeopardy. The British Poultry industry has three key asks for the Government:

1. The government should send a clear message to the European Commission and the US that we do not regard the current US poultry meat production practices as being equivalent to those in the UK.

2. The government should be reinforcing to the Commission the importance of negotiating on poultry meat on its merits, and standing up for this important UK and EU industry.

3. The government should be clear to the US that free trade is a two way street. This is not just about the export of chicken from the US to the EU. It must also be about the real opportunities for UK poultry producers to export in significant volumes to the US.”

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