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Food brexit and chlorinated chicken: a microcosm of wider food problems

Millstone, E, Lang, T and Marsden, T ORCID: 2019. Food brexit and chlorinated chicken: a microcosm of wider food problems. Political Quarterly 90 (4) , pp. 645-653. 10.1111/1467-923X.12780

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This paper situates food safety concerns raised in the Brexit debate since the referendum and suggests that, although the issue of chlorinated chicken entered public discourse, it represents wider concerns about food safety standards. Food safety has had high resonance in the UK since the 1980s, but Brexit shows how it connects to wider concerns also raised about Brexit, such as impacts on healthcare, the effects of austerity on food poverty, the limitations of low waged employment, concerns about migration and labour markets, and regional economic disparities. Brexit’s impact on the UK food system is immense because food has been highly integrated into EU governance. While food standards can be portrayed as a single narrow issue, the paper suggests it provides a useful lens with which to examine, interrogate and comprehend these wider Brexit politics. The complex realities of food politics and wider food system dynamics undermine any simplistic political narrative of ‘taking back control’.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Sustainable Places Research Institute (PLACES)
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0032-3179
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 26 November 2019
Date of Acceptance: 10 October 2019
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2022 14:06

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