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    Monday, 27 February 2017

    Trade Deal between UK & US will Flood Market with Unwanted Food, Industry Expert Warns

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    With Brexit looming overhead, there is still widespread discussion and debate as to how this will affect various UK industries. In the case of the food industry, one industry expert is warning that a trade deal with the US, something which Prime Minister Theresa May seems determined to make happen, could result in the UK market receiving an influx of food that the UK public just doesn’t appear to want.

    The industry expert in question is Chris Elliott, Professor of food safety and Founder of the Institute for Global Food Security at Queens’s University Belfast. He claims that if a UK-US trade deal should happen, differences in standard practices and regulation within the industry between the two countries will result in the UK being flooded with food destined to be wasted.

    During Elliott’s City Food Lecture towards the end of February, he stated that, “Bleached chicken, hormone treated beef, genetically modified fruit and vegetables and milk products derived from bovine somatotropin treated cows [are all currently banned from the EU due to safety issues],

    “Many commentators would say these products are all as safe as those produced and sold in Europe. However, what is very clear is that in all surveys undertaken over recent years the UK public does not want any of them.”

    All of the “unwanted” products that Elliott mentions have one thing in common – they’re widely distributed in the US. As such, any trade deal between the UK and the US would likely result in these products coming to UK shelves. With food waste continuing to be a widespread issue without the introduction of unwanted foods to the market, Elliott heavily criticised the government for “currently seeking to sign a trade deal with the US which might mean the majority of the UK public get food they don’t want.”

    Another concern held by Elliott is the issue of food fraud, which has also been the subject of widespread discussion since the Brexit vote as both the UK and Europe worried that the protected status of their iconic foods would be under threat from the other party.

    “I think a very new can of worms in terms of food fraud will be upon us if – as I suspect – there will be a compromise around US getting access to the UK market for some of these commodities,” Elliott said.

    These issues, along with many others, are widespread as the UK prepares to leave the EU, with uncertainty running rife across many industries. What I now want to know is this – Does the prospect of US food products entering the UK worry you? Are you happy with GMOs and bleached chicken so long as it has been deemed safe? Let us know in the comments section below.


    Sam Bonson

    Sam is an aspiring novelist with a passion for fantasy and crime thrillers. He is currently working as a content writer, journalist & editor in an attempt to expand his horizons.
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