Washington’s ambassador to the UK has defended the US’s approach to food hygiene and farming.

Criticism of US food standards was “designed to reduce not increase trade”, Woody Johnson told the BBC.

US beef and chicken producers use processes not permitted in the EU, including rinsing chicken carcasses with chlorine.

But Mr Johnson said the UK should accept American meat as part of a post-Brexit trade deal.

“To get a robust trade arrangement, that lifts all boats, it has to include farming and farm products,” he said.

Whether the UK should allow imports of US-produced beef and chicken after it leaves the EU is among

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