Examination of Witness

Part of Agriculture Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:00 pm on 13th February 2020.

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Photo of Kerry McCarthy Kerry McCarthy Labour, Bristol East 3:00 pm, 13th February 2020

Q We mentioned clause 17 on food security, which is new to this edition of the Bill. Do you think there is scope for an extra provision? It talks about looking at global food availability, supply sources and resilience of the supply chain. In terms of your speciality, there is a lot of concern about endocrine disrupters in food, nitrates in meat, and the overuse of antibiotics, which affects human health, through the food chain. Do you think there should be reports to Parliament on food security? It is not really about food poisoning, but about the wider health concerns about what is getting into our food supply.