Food: Imports

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 18th September 2018.

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Photo of Baroness Redfern Baroness Redfern Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether food imports from Least Developed Countries will have the same food safety and animal welfare checks after Brexit as they currently do.

Photo of Lord Gardiner of Kimble Lord Gardiner of Kimble The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

When we leave the European Union (EU), we will maintain our current standards. We will keep our existing UK legislation, and the EU Withdrawal Act will transfer onto the UK statue book all EU food safety and animal welfare standards. Our current high standards, including import requirements, will apply when we leave the EU.

At the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires in December 2017, the Government announced new support to help developing countries trade effectively, including funding for the WTO’s Standards and Trade Development Facility, which supports least developed countries to comply with sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) standards for trade in agricultural and animal-related products.

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