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Farmers’ union highlights importance of trade deals amid Brazil meat scandal
Published:  23 March, 2017

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has emphasised the importance of securing trade deals and the high standards of British food production. This comes after allegations that Brazil has been selling and exporting rotten meat. 

Highlighting the quality of British meat production, the NFU claimed that Great Britain has one of the safest and most traceable food systems in the world and, once it leaves the European Union, it is a priority that the Brazil scandal does not undermine this.

“Trade is an incredibly important issue for the future of British food in this country and the people who produce it,”  commented NFU president Meurig Raymond.

“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 Red Tractor.”

He added that trade agreements with other countries must be balanced, with imports and exports abiding by the same rules. “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.”

As reported on Meat Trades Journal’s sister site, GlobalMeatNews, China and Hong Kong have banned imports from Brazil although Europe has yet to do so.