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From: Our Meats From Abroad
Several British suppliers source chicken from Brazil.
It usually arrives frozen and may have been processed with heavily chlorinated
water, which masks poor hygiene and is illegal in the UK. This Christmas
thousands of Britons bought "chilled fresh" turkeys that
had been shipped all the way from Brazil. The meat was kept at minus two
degrees centigrade, as opposed to the minus 12 degrees that counts as
"frozen". Many retailers also buy chicken from Thailand.
There is currently an EU ban on importing fresh or raw poultry meat from
the country, so the meat is cooked in Thailand and then shipped to the
UK. Brazilian and Thai chickens can also be given antibiotic drugs that
promote growth but are banned in Europe. Samples of chicken from these
countries have been found to have contained residues of banned drugs.