Sue Davies, Which? Head of Consumer Rights and Food Policy, said:
“Which?’s research shows that people want trade deals that prioritise high food, product, data protection and environmental standards and deliver for consumers in all parts of the UK.
“It is positive that the principles agreed for the UK-Australia trade deal commit to providing a safe digital trading environment and recognise the importance of consumer protection, including maintaining current food safety standards. Given the different regulatory approaches in areas such as data protection and food production standards, it is essential that the UK’s approach to high standards is maintained long-term.
“The Australia trade deal will set an important precedent for future negotiations. As negotiations on the finer details of the deal continue, the government must use this as an opportunity to strengthen consumer rights and protections when buying goods and services from Australia.”
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