The importance of labelling imported food

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The importance of labelling imported food

For the fourth time since Brexit, the Government has delayed the implementation of much-needed checks on imported foreign food arriving in Britain.
Frightened of food shortages because of droughts in India and the US, and the ongoing war in Ukraine, they’ve yet again failed in their support of the British farmer and allowed unregulated food to flood into the UK.
The risk to animal health, combined with the threat to the nation’s bio security from the import of cheap food that is not being checked or vetted, is a very real one and is being completely ignored by our MPs.
The Government’s decision is putting the UK public at risk and British farmers at an unfair disadvantage.
On the reverse side, British farmers have been made to submit endless forms, checks, statistics, tagging and heritage of everything that is exported outside of the UK since the very start of Brexit, in January 2020.
Out of touch with the real world, our government is instead spending taxpayers’ money on asking our farmers to re-wild and grow trees on their land, rather than producing food for their communities.
They are making these ill-advised decisions despite the fact that the majority of MPs have never even visited a farm.
Now more than ever the British public need to support their farmers.
Consumers need safe, healthy, wonderful food, and farmers need their business and understanding of how British food is produced.
Our Love Local Trust Local food label backs Dorset farmers for exactly this reason and has been campaigning for months to be heard.
This unchecked flooding of foreign, unsafe food imports shows just how important food labelling is, if we are to understand what we are feeding our families and friends.

by Barbara Cossins,
Barbara Cossins is the owner and founder of Love Local Trust Local

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