Lawmakers from United Kingdom aren’t happy after it was revealed that in their stores will be sold chlorine-washed chickens coming directly from the United States.
You might ask yourself what is wrong with chlorine when he is present in our life every single day, for example, in tap water, and what is his connection with chickens. There are many answers to this question and one of them is for cheap sanitation.
Unlike in the United Kingdom and Europe, there are no minimum space requirements for breeding chickens in the United States so in many farms thousands of chickens, usually super-sized ‘Frankenstein birds, chickens that are cross-bred and interbred to become larger so the producers to be able to satisfy the market, are buckled under their weight and many of them die because can’t stand on their legs or can’t reach the food, plus they spend their entire live without sunlight. Farms like this, where many of the chickens even die before their full growth and are covered in with their own faeces and dirt, are making those vast warehouses ideal place for disease.
There is no legal requirement to wash chickens in chlorine but cheaper sanitation for farmers is the right answer if you are asking why chlorine bath. Due to the filthy conditions the poultry is raised, meat sanitation is a must and unlike systematic sanitation which may be more expensive, chlorine is much more cheaper and easier, all you need to do is to add the meat into a chlorine bath and all accumulated germs will be killed.
According to Craig Watts, 51, farmer from North Carolina, many chickens die and their meat rot.
“Their flesh would rot and when you have them crammed in so tight, they will walk over other birds if they want to get to the food or scratch the others and cause a wound. It is awful.” says Mr Watts.
Why are most of American chickens chlorine-washed?
Like we mention above, to clean all the bacteria and other contaminants and a cheaper sanitation process is the answer for this question. Because unlike in Europe, where chemical-washed chicken is banned since 1997, in United States poultry is sprayed to reduce the risk of salmonella.
Until meat is produced without dangerous germs and faecal matter, proponents says that this is safe and healthy method. On other hand, animal welfare campaigners are saying that this is just a mask to hide the real problem, slaughtering animals in unsanitary and dirty conditions. They point that beside chlorination may stop certain germs, but some germs can adopt and may become even stronger or to mutate and to become even greater danger.
Another reason why poultry in the United States is washed with chlorine is because the farmers in United States are not required to vaccinate their chickens against diseases such as Salmonella and some other infectious disease, while on other hand Britain and the countries in Europe have vaccination programmes.