Puts me to wonder, then, what the standards are in Britain. It’s true there are films purporting to show terrible, “typical” American poultry farms, but I think I can say without fear of being wrong, that such farms are extremely rare if they exist at all. The fact that they’re distributed by PETA pretty much tells one that they’re bogus.
I have personally been in the houses of the big integrators on a number of occasions, and in their plants. The houses are well-ventilated with gigantic exhaust fans taking dust out of the air. In the houses, they take up the whole floor with every flock and replace it with fresh absorbant material. In between, they thoroughly disinfect the houses. Unless one raised each chicken separately and on a tile floor washed daily, it’s difficult for me to understand the complaint. Chickens are an inherently dirty animal, though, and it’s difficult to keep them totally clean. One wonders why the EU does NOT require a final disinfectant rinse.
In the plants, everything is done mechanically down to the point that the bird is eviscerated, beheaded, de-feathered, and with feet removed. Basically it’s a whole chicken like you would buy in the store. It is then sprayed with a mild chlorine solution, mostly in the interior cavities, then washed again in fresh water. From there it goes to the various processes of preparation.
But perhaps you or someone can tell me more specifically why there is objection. Otherwise, I’m put to wonder whether this is just an EU method of keeping cheaper American food products out. I’ll never forget learning, for example, that American companies couldn’t sell pet food into the EU because it wasn’t “human consumable” the way American companies prepared it. A friend of mine devised a way to take it through the final USDA inspection (all it needed) without the process being unduly disrupted. Now his company can sell into the EU, at least until the EU finds a new way to keep the cheaper American product out.