Post-Brexit US trade deal risk to food safety, says ex-environment minister
Lord Deben believes the British public will not accept lower standards of animal welfare
Food safety in the UK and public confidence in it will be placed at risk if the government pursues a free-trade agreement with the US, a former Conservative environment minister has said.
If imports of US-standard food were allowed, “you would have a huge decline in food safety,” said Lord Deben, now chairman of the Committee on Climate Change. “Food safety is a huge issue.”