Chlorinated chicken isn’t off the table yet in U.S. trade talks

As the U.K. continues to negotiate trade deals with the U.S. and other countries, chlorinated chicken is still a hot topic. The EU has told Boris Johnson’s U.K. government to take chlorine-washed chicken off the table if he is to achieve a post-Brexit bilateral deal with the EU. But whether or not Boris Johnson agrees is still anyone’s guess.

Should we be concerned if chlorinated chicken is introduced to the U.K. market? The simple answer is yes. It boils down to three reasons. First, chlorinated chicken translates to poorer animal welfare standards. Why? Because bathing chicken in disinfecting chlorine can cover up poor organisational standards such as keeping chickens in a tiny space, which increases the risk for cross-contamination.

Second, it will put U.K. chicken farmers out of their jobs. Why? US chlorinated chickens will be cheaper because it costs less money to chlorine-wash them than it does to uphold higher safety standards. For those of us who are less concerned about price (or don’t think about what lower cost chicken means for safety standards, or aren’t in a position to choose standards over affordability), chlorinated chicken will be the product we go for.

Third, we don’t know for sure if chlorine-washed chicken is safe for us to consume. In the EU, the law states that products must be tested for food safety before they are used. In the U.S., food products are assumed safe until found to be dangerous. Safe until proven otherwise, rather than risky until proven safe. In the U.S., it’s not just chlorinated chicken that raises questions of concern.

Michelin ceremony to go public

Michelin’s annual ceremonial unveiling for the U.K.’s and Ireland’s Michelin stars will be open to the public in 2021. The ticketed event will allow members of the public to express their support or dismay in person rather than with comments on a Facebook livestream. It seems like another move from Michelin to give viewers the illusion of more control. Only last year the guide started crowdsourcing photos on Instagram for its next London guide – photos, not opinions.

Pizza Pilgrims launches pizza academy

As more and more pizza joints spring up across the capital, Pizza Pilgrims is due to launch its first pizza academy in Camden this month. The on-site pizzeria’s profits will be used entirely to fund the training academy. Meant for anyone who needs a fresh start, including ex-offenders and ex-homeless, the academy will provide a genuine qualification for its graduates. The training also includes business theory and the opportunity for participants to put their new-found skills to the test in the adjacent pizzeria. We’re excited to find out more.

One-month special pizza

In other pizza news, Yard Sale is teaming up with artist Jessie Ware for a one-month only pizza based on the ‘Jewish-ish’ chapter of her new cookbook. Called ‘The Friday Night Full House,’ it is Yard Sale’s signature double-fermented dough topped with thinly sliced beef brisket, cola braised onions, smashed potato latkes, and fresh dill pickles. As if that weren’t novel enough, there’s also a sour cream and horseradish dip to go with it. If you like food-themed t-shirts, there’ll be one of those to buy too. Available at all Yard Sale locations, 3rd March – 3rd April.

Kelis’ milkshake pop-up

Another Yard in the news, Kelis is bringing milkshake pop-up The Yard to town for just two days (18th-19th March). It’s one of many pop-ups and restaurant openings this month, but as soon as we heard about it, we can’t get the Kelis tune out of our heads – “My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard.” The milkshakes on offer are based on the Kaleidoscope album released in 2000, including a Millionaire shortbread milkshake topped with edible $100 bills.