Which? responds as post-Brexit food standards amendment to the Agriculture Bill is defeated

Sue Davies, Head of Consumer Protection and Food Policy at Which?, said:

“We know consumers value the UK’s high food standards, so by rejecting this amendment to the Agriculture Bill it is a missed opportunity for the government to shape the type of food produced and build a strong food policy that will inspire confidence among consumers.

“The Bill needs to be strengthened to give equal weight to the expectations of consumers and set out clear requirements for the UK’s food standards to be maintained and enhanced – not undermined by trade deals that allow imports produced to a lower standard.”

Notes to editor

Which?’s Brexit Consumer Tracker found:

  • More than nine in 10 (93%) of people think it is important to maintain food standards after Brexit.
  • Nearly three quarters (72%) think food from countries with lower standards should not be available.