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UK food safety could be put at risk after Brexit, warns report

By Staff Reporter

Food safety controls could be suspended to prevent perishable goods getting delayed at UK borders in the event of a Brexit no deal, a report has claimed.

Academics said they have been informed by a Government adviser of the plans being developed should delays emerge.

EU countries might then respond by blocking exports from the UK due to it adopting a "cavalier" approach to safety standards, the report said.

The Government denied this was the case, but City University professor Tim Lang, a co-author of the report, added: "One could argue that this is sensible emergency planning, but it is also risky.

"Consumers would rightly wonder who was guaranteeing the safety and quality of the imported food they were buying.

"Criminals would be alerted to opportunities for food fraud."

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