The Local Government Association is today (Wednesday) calling on the Government and the EU to ensure access to vital Europe wide food safety and animal health systems remains available in England after Brexit.
According to the LGA, “a failure to protect access to key intelligence will weaken councils’ ability to protect public health and increase the risk of a new food scandal.”
Commenting, Caroline Lucas MP, leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:
“First it was chlorine-washed chicken, now we learn that Brexit could affect our ability to prevent future food scandals like the horsemeat controversy .
“Potentially losing access to EU-wide mechanisms that help ensure the safety and integrity of the food we eat is yet another new fact about Brexit that could not have been known for sure during the referendum.
“No-one voted for a Brexit deal that could threaten public health and food hygiene standards. That’s why we need a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal.”