The EU has emphasised once again its commitment to fair trade. One of SA’s new year hopes would be that it lives up to this commitment in 2021. For some in SA, and particularly its poultry industry, the EU has a history of saying one thing and doing something completely different.

The latest commitment came in a speech on January 20 by the president of the European Council, Charles Michel, welcoming the inauguration of Joe Biden as US president. Addressing the European parliament, he highlighted “fair trade” as one of five priorities in future relations between the EU and the US...

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