Food: Safety

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 5th July 2018.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Co-Leader of the Green Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the merits of the suspension of food safety border controls in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

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

Maintaining a robust and effective regulatory regime for ensuring the safety of food, including imported food, remains a top priority as the United Kingdom prepares to leave the European Union.

A range of solutions are being investigated to ensure that from day one, imported food and feed can continue to enter the UK with the appropriate checks. Our planning will ensure that, from the day the UK leaves the EU, we will have the necessary resources to continue to protect UK consumers from food safety risks.

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