Luke Pollard MP, Labour’s Shadow Environment Secretary, commenting on reports that the Government will allow imports of food produced to lower animal welfare and environmental standards in future trade deals, said:
“The reports that Ministers are seeking to allow food produced to lower animal welfare and environmental standards into the UK in a US trade deal is deeply worrying. The public doesn’t want lower animal welfare. They want to maintain our high standards for all food on sale in the UK whether homegrown or imported.
“The Conservatives promised in their manifesto that they would not lower food standards yet they seem intent on allowing British farmers to be undercut with cheap imports.
“Labour stands alongside our farmers in opposing this change and we will be trying again to get a commitment in law that would stop Ministers undercutting our farmers. No trade deal with the US is worth trading away our high values.”