CIEH Backs Gove’s Pledge to Maintain Food Standards

Publication Date: 14th September 2017

Subject: CIEH

The Environment Secretary, Michael Gove MP, has confirmed that the UK will not allow its food safety standards to be undermined as it leave the European Union.

During an evidence session with House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, Michael Gove said that the Government was committed to not relaxing food or animal welfare standards as part of future trade agreements.

Responding to the news, Tony Lewis, Head of Policy at the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, said: 

“This is a welcome development, and something we have been calling on the Government to commit to for some time. As we leave the EU, it is imperative that the UK’s food standards are not bartered away to secure new trade deals.

As the Government looks towards building ties and securing agreements with new countries, decisions over vital issues such as our food must be open to proper scientific and parliamentary scrutiny, and not made behind closed doors.

We look forward to working with the Government going forwards to ensure that our food standards are not eroded and that scientific evidence is at the heart of the decision-making process.”


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