WASHINGTON – The Trump administration managed a plan to tackle the headlines of US food practices, including “chlorinated chickens”, by “impacting” British journalists on American farmland trips. .
The US Embassy in London announced a announcement this summer seeking a seller to take five “suspicious” journalists in the UK to take a five to seven day tour of farms and various agricultural research institutes to show that US food is safe and nutritious.
The Department of State will pay from $ 60,000 to $ 75,000 to an organization that is willing to achieve its neck in the name of US agriculture. The announcement of funding opportunities, reviewed by The Post, is entitled: “Retaining Negative and Invisible Reporting of Agricultural Practices and Consumer Choice – Creating Jobs and Economic Opportunities in Agriculture.”
The gloomy campaign is needed because the UK has a negative view of food produced in the United States that there may be a post-Brexit trade risk between the United States and the United Kingdom.
“Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions in the UK about US agricultural practices and standards,” says the program notice. “These have been opposing the public against U. products and they could endanger FTA (Free Trade Agreement.).
“Media stories about agriculture U. Industrial scale’, which are usually focused on concentrating chlorinated chickens, are ', negative, misleading, and often inaccurate,' the advertisement continued.
The US Department of Agriculture even commissioned a poll with Gallup who found that the Brits were considering US food as a bad egg. In the past year, many UK residents have said they have heard negative news about food produced in the United States (46 per cent) rather than positive news (24%), according to the federal notice. And only 1% of UK consumers would buy US meat over British meat.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson rejected US feathers this week when he told the Vice-President that the UK was “not too big on that chlorinated chicken,” referring to processes used by the US. to treat chicken carcasses to clean bacteria, including salmonella.
However, the European Union was banned in 1997.
The United States wants to increase its agricultural exports to Britain when it leaves the European Union and would no longer be in line with EU regulations for which US chicken and beef exports are limited.
Trump Administration's view is that there are misconceptions about US food as an essential step in obtaining trade deal. And tours to foreign journalists are not uncommon, according to the Administration.
“U. Embassies around the world regularly engage with journalists to explain and recommend US policy priorities, and set up US tours to allow reporters to have direct access to content experts, ”according to US Embassy spokesperson .
The spokesman said: “We want the British public to understand that US agricultural products are safe and nutritious. British consumers are smart and deserve more choices when choosing farm products. ”
To date there is no vendor registered for the tour offer.
US ambassador, Woody Johnson, urged Brits to adopt US agricultural standards in a piece of opinion he wrote to the Telegraph in March.
Johnson said that chicken chlorine was the same treatment that some EU farmers use for their fruit and vegetables. He called him “public safety” to deal with bacteria “who might be fatal” as salmonella.
“Inflammatory and misleading terms such as chlorinated chicken and his hormone beef are used to spend American farming on the worst possible light,” Johnson wrote while trying to deal with a new trade.
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