Watchdogs raise concern about lack of post-Brexit import controls

Concerns have been raised about a “lack of post-Brexit import controls” on food safety. Watchdogs at the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Food Standards Scotland (FSS) raised the issue in a report, which told how the current situation means there is no “official assurance” from the exporting country that items coming into the UK meet its “high standards.”

The UK imports about 40 million tons of food from overseas each year – with the EU remaining the biggest supplier. The FSA and FSS stressed there is no evidence the standards of products coming from the European Union have fallen, but they said: “The current situation does reduce our ability to prevent foods that do not meet the UK’s high standards from being placed on our market.”

The two organizations raised their concerns in their inaugural annual report, which was published after what was described as being a challenging time for the food sector.



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