Food safety may be put at risk by Brexit

Food safety standards could be put at risk by Brexit if the UK quits the EU without a deal to keep exchanging information on public health issues, the Local Government Association has warned.

A failure to protect access to shared intelligence in areas such as animal health systems will increase the chance of a new food scandal, according to the LGA, which represents 370 councils in England and Wales.

As an EU member the UK is part of a framework that ensures the traceability of high-risk products, such as food, feed and animal products, and provides rapid access to intelligence about their contamination.

The LGA said regular alerts are sent for things such as pesticides residue, mercury, salmonella and E coli in order to avoid a repeat of controversies such as the horsemeat scandal.

> Read entire article Food safety may be put at risk by Brexit, council body warns | The Guardian

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