MPs approve plans to protect British food standards

MPs approve plans for more oversight over trade deals to protect British food standards

MPs have approved plans that give politicians more oversight over future trade deals to protect British food standards.

In a victory for the Daily Mail, they backed a Government amendment to the Agriculture Bill to reassure farmers.

It comes amid fears that a future trade deal with the US could lead to poor quality produce such as chlorinated chicken and hormone-treated beef, undermining high food standards in this country.

MPs have approved plans to protect British food standards amid fears that a future trade deal with the US could lead to poor quality produce

Farming minister Victoria Prentis also told the Commons that the Trade and Agriculture Commission would be put on a statutory footing to give it new powers. 

‘This will ensure that our trade policy is examined in detail by key experts,’ she added.

Farming minister Victoria Prentis

 ‘The House asked for Parliamentary scrutiny of trade deals and I am delighted to provide it.’

The amendment requires ministers to report to Parliament on the impact of new trade deals on food, animal welfare and environmental standards.

MPs previously rejected a Lords amendment to enshrine in law UK food standards in future trade deals.

Former Tory environment secretary Theresa Villiers told MPs: ‘The UK market for food and groceries is around the third largest by value in the world. 

‘Greater access to it is a massive prize for any country. 

‘We should not sell ourselves short.’ 

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