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Government says ‘no’ to Dimbleby recommendation

The government will not accept a key recommendation by Henry Dimbleby’s National Food Strategy to protect standards in trade deals.

This news was delivered by Farming Minister Victoria Prentis, with the minister saying that standards would be protected by a range of other standards and assurance schemes.

The recommendation aimed to define minimum standards for trade and provide a mechanism to protect those standards. However, Prentis’ comments were mirrored by Chris Heaton, Deputy Director of International Trade Policy at Defra, who said: ‘We already have some schemes in place which allow importers to show they have met standards. With slaughter standards, there is a process of showing a certificate that the animal has been humanely slaughtered.’

In answer to the point that liberal trade deals with Australia and New Zealand could open similar deals with other countries, such as USA or Brazil, Trade Minister Penny Mordaunt said no precedent had been set and what worked for one nation may not work for another.