Food: Imports

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 23rd January 2019.

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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 how many additional food inspectors will be put in place to ensure food imports from the EU are checked at transit ports in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Photo of Baroness Manzoor Baroness Manzoor Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

In the event of a ‘no deal’ European Union exit, there will be no additional controls on food and feed originating from the EU. However, third country high-risk food and feed consignments transiting the EU destined for the United Kingdom will be subject to controls and will need to enter the UK at ports with the required facilities to undertake those controls. Following detailed analysis to determine the possible number of such transits, there is sufficient existing capacity at UK ports with those facilities to undertake all relevant import controls.

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