EU Rapid Alert Systems for Food and Feed

Department of Health written question – answered on 8th January 2018.

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Photo of Luke Pollard Luke Pollard Labour/Co-operative, Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the UK will continue to participate in the EU Rapid Alert Systems for Food and Feed after the UK leaves the EU.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed is important in enabling the management of food and feed safety risks by providing early alerts of health or food contamination issues across the European Union. At present, this enables the United Kingdom to respond quickly to serious risks to public health relating to food and animal feed. The Government is considering the best approach for the management of notification of food and feed safety risks once we have left the EU. It will be our priority to maintain the UK’s high standards of food and feed safety, and continue to be able to provide a timely response to food safety incidents. This is essential for the protection of public health, and for maintaining consumer confidence in food.

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