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EU industry association FoodDrinkEurope says that it is “particularly concerned” that the UK White Paper on Brexit “makes no explicit reference to UK participation in the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).”
Next week will be very quiet, with the EU institutions working at down-scaled capacity in preparation for the summer break.
Petitioners are urging the European Commission to undertake actions in five key areas in order to eliminate food insecurity among the most vulnerable EU citizens.
Proposals for the next Common Agricultural Policy have been submitted by the European Commission, while the new US Farm Bill is making its way through the Legislative Branch, meaning it is a significant time for the farming sectors on both sides of the Atlantic.
The UK’s largest dairy, Arla, has said any non-tariff barriers to trade and labour shortages will make it more difficult to import dairy products from Europe after Brexit, and could lead to shortages of certain foods.
The food and farming industries have welcomed the content of the UK Government’s Brexit White Paper, which sets out plans for a UK-EU free trade area abiding by a “common rulebook” and without a hard border with Northern Ireland.
The inspection requirements for the EU’s Common Agricultural are too rigid, leading to a lack of trust between farmers and regulators, and should therefore be radically changed by a more flexible regulatory regime after Brexit, a UK review commission recommends.
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