Food: Standards

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 22nd July 2021.

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Photo of Matt Western Matt Western Shadow Minister (Education)

What recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for International Trade on maintaining British food standards in the trade deal with Australia.

Photo of Paul Blomfield Paul Blomfield Labour, Sheffield Central

What recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for International Trade on maintaining British food standards in the trade deal with Australia.

Photo of Victoria Prentis Victoria Prentis The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

I have had regular discussions with the Secretary of State at the Department for International Trade and, indeed, other Cabinet colleagues on the issue of food standards in the context of our negotiations with Australia.

The UK is rightly proud of our world-leading food, environment and animal welfare standards. We have a number of tools available in FTAs to maintain these standards. All imports of agri-food products will still have to comply with the UK’s food safety and biosecurity requirements.

The commitment to non-regression means that neither country can lower their animal welfare standards to undercut the other.

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