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 what is their estimate of the staffing requirements and costs of maintaining safety inspections of EU imported food products at UK borders once the UK has left the EU.

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

Preparing for European Union exit is a key priority for the Food Standards Agency. Their planning will ensure that, from the day the United Kingdom leaves the EU, it will have the necessary resources to maintain protection for UK consumers from food risks.

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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