Food Standards

This UK Government will not compromise on our standards. The manifesto was clear that in all of our trade negotiations, we will not compromise on our high environmental protection, animal welfare and food standards. We remain firmly committed to upholding our high environmental, food safety and animal welfare standards outside the EU and the EU Withdrawal Act will transfer all existing EU food safety provisions, including existing import requirements, onto the UK statute book.

These import standards include a ban on using artificial growth hormones in domestic and imported products and set out that no products, other than potable water, are approved to decontaminate poultry carcases. Any changes to existing food safety legislation would require new legislation to be brought before this Parliament.

The UK’s food standards, for both domestic production and imports, are overseen by the Food Standards Agency and Food Standards Scotland. These are independent agencies and provide advice to the UK and Scottish governments. They will continue to do so in order to ensure that all food imports comply with the UK’s high safety standards. Decisions on these standards are a matter for the UK and will be made separately from any trade agreement.

I fully support and will not compromise our  world-leading food, health and animal welfare standards and  I will not  support any measure which lowers our standards as we negotiate new trade deals.


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Food Standards Agency.pdf 217.32 KB
Secretary of State for International Trade.pdf 136.16 KB
DIT and DEFRA Letter to all MPs on formation of trade and agri commission dear colleague (1).pdf 141.78 KB
Trade and Standards Commission announcement.pdf 140.15 KB