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Cabinet unrest over U-turn on animal welfare in US trade talks


Health secretary Matt Hancock was one of those to raise concerns about the US trade talks. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA

Downing Street has been accused of reopening the door to imports of chlorinated chicken and hormone-treated beef, after a leaked memo instructed ministers to have “no specific policy” on animal welfare in US trade talks.

The letter from No 10 states that the ministerial mandate for the US negotiations was “being updated to reflect” the fact that the UK was to have no policy position on animal welfare. The revelation will raise more concerns about the government’s commitment to ...


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