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Farming leaders have said it would be "insane" to sign a trade deal that allows the import of food that would be illegal to produce in the UK, such as chlorinated chicken. The National Farmers Union (NFU) president, Minette Batters, said allowing these imports would be "morally bankrupt". The NFU called for rules on minimum standards for imports to be made law. Downing Street said food standards would be protected in any trade deal. At the NFU's annual conference on Tuesday, Ms Batters said: "This isn't just about chlorinated chicken. This is about a wider principle. "We must not tie the hands of British farmers to the highest rung of the standards ladder while waving through food imports which may not even reach the bottom rung." Full story

25 February