‘Jamie Oliver is planning a campaign to stop British food standards being lowered to allow American food imports pumped full of pesticides and hormones into the UK.
The TV chef hopes to intervene to stop a trade agreement between the European United and U.S. aimed at removing trade barriers between member states.
Mr Oliver, 39, claims the ‘dangerous’ Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal could undo ‘decades of work’ by getting round bans imposed by the EU on putting growth hormones and pesticides in meat.
The same restrictions do not exist in America – and at present if U.S. companies want to export food to the EU they must ensure it meets the higher standards.
Speaking to The Times, Mr Oliver said: ‘[The deal] has the capacity to be very negative to British public health and British companies and British farmers.
‘We don’t have hormones in our meat, that’s banned. But not over there. We don’t have hundreds of poisons and pesticides that have been proven to be carcinogenic. They do. Their laws, their set-up, their safety regulations are nowhere near ours.”