Rot­ten meat claims un­der­line im­por­tance of UK deals

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THE NFU has high­lighted the im­por­tance of se­cur­ing trade deals which up­hold the high stan­dards of Bri­tish food pro­duc­tion, amid al­le­ga­tions that Brazil’s big­gest meat pro­ces­sors have been sell­ing rot­ten beef and poul­try for years.

The NFU says that Bri­tain has one of the safest and most trace­able food sys­tems of any coun­try in the world.

Post-Brexit, it says, it is vi­tal that trade deals which in­volve im­port­ing food prod­ucts from other coun­tries, such as Brazil, do not un­der­mine this.

Pres­i­dent Meurig Raymond said: “Trade is an in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant is­sue for the fu­ture of Bri­tish food in this coun­try and for the peo­ple who pro­duce it.

“News that the world’s largest red meat ex­porter could be in­volved in ex­port­ing rot­ten meat shows how im­por­tant it is to have a se­cure and safe source of food in the UK.

“We have some of the high­est an­i­mal wel­fare and en­vi­ron­men­tal stan­dards in the world.

“Food pro­duced in this coun­try is trace­able and how it’s pro­duced is in­de­pen­dently au­dited by as­sured schemes like the Red Trac­tor.

“Trade agree­ments with coun­tries across the globe must be bal­anced – with the same con­di­tions ap­ply­ing to food im­ports and ex­ports.

“Pro­tect­ing the stan­dards ad­hered to by Bri­tish farm­ers and the trans­parency across the sup­ply chain is es­sen­tial for the public who want to buy safe and trace­able food.

“In­de­pen­dent sur­veys show that 86% of shop­pers want to buy more Bri­tish food. This de­mand can be met by Bri­tain’s farm­ers.

“But any trade deal en­tered into post-Brexit must en­sure farm­ing can be prof­itable, com­pet­i­tive and pro­duc­tive.”

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