Sue Davies, Head of Consumer Protection and Food Policy at Which?, said:
“We know British consumers value the UK’s high food standards and believe they should be maintained as the government negotiates post-Brexit trade deals. It is important that these standards, which prohibit chemically-washed chicken, hormone-treated beef and the excessive use of pesticides in the UK, are not diluted in pursuit of trade deals.
“The success of future trade deals will be determined by their impact on the price, choice and safety of products and services we use every day so consumer expectations must be a central part of negotiations.
“The government must deliver on its promise and legislate in the Agriculture or Trade Bill to protect standards – which will mean they are not undermined by trade deals that could allow imports produced to inferior standards to enter the UK.”