Sue Davies, Head of Consumer Protection and Food Policy, said:
“Worryingly, the current status of food standards in UK law could easily be changed with limited Parliamentary scrutiny. It would be far too easy to permit imports of chlorinated chicken, hormone-treated beef or other lower standard products at any stage, which is why the weakening of government assurances on food standards in recent weeks has been so troubling.
“In order to maintain the UK’s current high standards, the government should take the opportunity to proactively put its commitments into law through the trade or agriculture bills – giving consumers and food producers reassurance that our hard-won food standards will never be on the table in trade negotiations.”
Notes to editors:
The current status of food standards in UK law could easily be changed with limited Parliamentary scrutiny due to powers given to Secretaries of State in the Withdrawal Act.