Food: UK Trade with EU

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 19th September 2018.

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Photo of Baroness Jones of Whitchurch Baroness Jones of Whitchurch Shadow Spokesperson (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask Her Majesty's Government in the event of a no-deal outcome to the Brexit discussions whether they intend to inspect each container of food imported from the EU to ensure that food safety standards are upheld.

Photo of Lord O'Shaughnessy Lord O'Shaughnessy The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

From day one, the United Kingdom is committed to having in place a robust and effective regulatory regime which will mean business can continue to run as normal. Risk-assessment and oversight of food safety controls will be essential to ensure that food remains safe, whether imported or produced in the UK. The Food Standards Agency will shortly be publishing its technical notice on imported food which will contain further information on the Government’s proposals for managing the risk from imported food in the event of a no-deal outcome.

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