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Will UK food safety suffer at the hands of Brexit?

by User Not Found | Mar 14, 2018
Food and farming alliance charity Sustain warns that Britain’s regulators are “hopelessly ill equipped” for the food safety fall out after Brexit.

Public health is at risk due to budget and staff cuts at UK food safety bodies and will struggle to cope with food safety demands brought on by Brexit, new analysis by food and farming alliance charity Sustain says. During the last decade, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) saw its budget cut by 26% - nearly £30m - and lost more than 21% of its staff. Between 2012/13 and 2015/16, the UK also saw a 22% reduction in the number of local authority food law enforcement officers.

In this article we ask whether these figures suggest that Britain is yet in the best position to shoulder further responsibility when we separate from EU regulatory agencies in the wake of Brexit.

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