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Food trade bodies consider legal action over post-Brexit ‘not for EU’ labelling

Food trade bodies consider legal action over post-Brexit ‘not for EU’ labelling

Food trade bodies consider legal action over post-Brexit ‘not for EU’ labelling
Feb 29, 2024 1 min, 11 secs

Food industry trade bodies are discussing whether to take legal action against the government over post-Brexit plans that will require all meat and dairy products sold in the UK to be labelled as “not for EU”.

But the labelling is set to be extended to all meat and dairy products sold in the UK from October, as part of the “safeguarding the union” deal with the Democratic Unionist party (DUP) that was agreed in January.

Rod Addy, the director general of the Provision Trade Federation, said legal action was being discussed by several bodies as a viable option, if the government failed to engage.

John Whitehead, the director of the Food and Drink Exporters Association, said a legal challenge had been discussed by trade bodies as a last resort, but they wanted to “work with, rather than fight the government”.

Peter Hardwick, the trade policy adviser at the British Meat Processors Association, said: “That consultation has been published and states that: ‘The government is legislating to confirm that labelling requirements on agrifood products are applied across GB, to ensure no incentive arises for businesses to avoid placing goods on the NI market.’

A government spokesperson said: “These measures will help ensure that consumers in Northern Ireland have access to the same goods as those in the rest of the United Kingdom, safeguarding the UK internal market and the operation of the Windsor Framework, and preventing the diversion of products.

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