Sue Davies, Head of Consumer Protection and Food Policy at Which?, said:
“It’s staggering that consumers aren’t directly represented on such an important commission. Consumer confidence in the food we eat cannot be taken for granted, and the public’s confidence in trade deals will be essential for their success. Alongside the food, farming, retail and hospitality experts, it is vital that the views of the millions of people who will be purchasing and eating this food are heard.
“Which? is about to embark on a major piece of research to establish consumers’ priorities for trade deals when it comes to food and many other vital issues. People’s support for upholding food standards is clear. We continue to call on the government to give consumers the reassurance they need by putting its commitments to maintain our current high standards into law proactively through either the trade or agriculture bills.”