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The Government are supportive of a competitive agricultural industry, and DEFRA’s first business plan commitment is to ‘support and develop British farming and encourage sustainable food production'. This is embedded in much of the work that the Department carries out.
Within Government we have introduced new guidance on sustainable food procurement so that Government Departments source food, subject to no overall increase in costs, that meets British or equivalent standards of production—for example ‘Red Tractor'.
We have also encouraged the voluntary code for the labelling of certain products with the true country of origin and supported the EU food information regulation, which makes country of origin labelling mandatory for fresh meat. EU rules prevent the Government from promoting “Buy British” campaigns, however the Levy Boards do carry out promotional campaigns on behalf of UK producers.