British public says no to imports of sub-standard food

NFU President Minette Batters and beef cattle

As new figures show that 86% of the public believe future trade deals must ensure imported food is produced to the same standards as in the UK, the NFU is today asking why the government hasn’t yet laid out its plans on how it will maintain British farming’s high standards in any future trade deals.

The survey of 2000 adults by OnePoll1 also revealed that public support for UK farmers has equaled an all-time high, demonstrating the value the country places on its food and farming industry.

The findings demonstrate the overwhelming support for the high standards of animal welfare, environmental protection and food safety that British farming guarantees.

NFU President Minette Batters said:

“Today’s figures send a clear message to the government and our future Prime Minister just how strongly the public feel about not sacrificing British farmers in a future trade deal. The survey is clear - shoppers tell us they simply will not tolerate the Government signing post-Brexit trade deals which would see food on supermarket shelves that would be illegal to produce here."

“British farmers produce food to some of the highest standards in the world and these new statistics paint a very clear picture that the public hugely support what our food and farming sector delivers for the nation.

“Food security and domestic food production should not be jeopardised or off-shored. It is strategically important for a country to have the ability to feed its people.

“A no-deal Brexit or a bad trade deal puts all that in danger and I urge the Government to recognise this as we enter the pivotal months ahead.

“It is striking that after US President Donald Trump’s visit to the UK, a further 2,000 people joined our campaign to Back British Farming to throw their support behind our farmers and the principle that that the UK should maintain our high standards of food production in any future trade deal. We now have nearly 30,000 people who back British farming and its values.

“The months ahead will prove pivotal in determining our future relationship with the EU and we have to get this right. The nation recognises British farming as an industry of great importance and value, it is now time for the Government to do the same.”

The figures

  • 69% of the public had a favourable view of UK farmers in 2019, equalling a record-high.
  • 86% of the public think it’s important to ensure imported food is produced to the same standards as in the UK.

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  • Posted by: Geoff LowePosted on: 26/06/2019 22:24:29

    Comment: How do British Government Advisors justify enforcing "DOUBLE STANDARDS". We are living in a Democratic Society that has Regulations that govern the Composition and Quality of our Food Products we produce.
    British Farming has established a high standard of Quality and Composition for the Food it produces for the British Consumer.
    To permit substandard products in to the British marketplace would require the present Government Regulations to be rescinded, and this would lower the Quality and Composition of the Present Standards for Food available to the British Consumer and make it impossible to meet the Governments Established Environmental Goals.
    Trade Agreements MUST meet our Standards, not the Standards of the Exporter. Just as in our Export Market we must meet the product standards of the Country to who we are shipping.
    British Farming has Quality and Environmentally Friendly Products that will continue to be produced and improved for future generations.
  • Posted by: Robin BuckPosted on: 27/06/2019 08:50:35

    Comment: Isn't it time we polled members views on Brexit?

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