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Food: Standards

Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN 903148, tabled on 22 July 2021

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.

Answered on

22 July 2021

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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