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‘Agriculture Bill needs more work and detail’

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By Georgina Mills

The government should ‘put its money where its mouth is’ and demand that any food products imported as part of a future trade deal should meet or exceed British standards in regard to animal welfare.

That was the conclusion of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee’s (EfraCom’s) scrutiny of the government’s Agriculture Bill.

The committee stated that, given the importance of the Bill in shaping future UK agriculture, it was ‘deeply disappointing’ that the government had not given the committee the opportunity to scrutinise it in advance of publication.

The much-anticipated Agriculture Bill, which was published in September, set out the future for UK agriculture after Brexit. With claims of taking …

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