Conference, 1 November 2018: Watered down food safety standards: Fact or Fiction?

Food Brexit is a major food industry conference that will take place in London on 1 November 2018, with Sustain’s chief executive Kath Dalmeny speaking in a session focusing on the opportunities, risks and challenges of implementing a US-UK trade deal.

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Photo credit: Food Brexit, Russell Publishing

Photo credit: Food Brexit, Russell Publishing

With chlorine-washed chicken hitting the headlines, and an apparent division between UK Government Cabinet Members over the approach they will take to food standards, will the UK’s food standards be enhanced or watered down by future trade deals? Alongside Sustain, confirmed panellists will so far include Kerry McCarthy MP and Chris Elliott, Professor of Food Safety and Director of the Institute for Global Food Security.

The Sustain alliance argues that UK trade negotiators must have a mandate to agree trade and standards that achieve public benefits, and to be held accountable for doing so. Under the terms of any trade deals, we expect our food, farming and fishing standards to guarantee provision of a reliable and affordable supply of food that is:

  1. Under democratic control
  2. Safe
  3. Healthy
  4. Respectful of UK consumer and health priorities
  5. Good for people
  6. Good for the planet
  7. Good for animals
  8. Fair
  9. High quality
  10. Specified in public sector contracts

Read the Food Brexit programme – this link also has booking details.


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