Pushing chlorine chicken as fair game for European consumers, the United States has launched a complaint with the World Trade Organisation.
It is a formal objection to the European Union’s 11-year ban on imports of American chicken. France in particular says it just doesn’t have the appetite for poultry that’s been chlorine-washed, but Washington demands a science-based reason. It insists that EU scientists have repeatedly deemed the chlorine used to kill pathogens is safe for people. The Bush Administration had kept the chicken ban at the top of its list of trade irritants up for transatlantic discussion to resolve but both sides simply failed to resolve the differences in sensitivity.