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Food standards
Agriculture Bill does not protect high standards of UK produce
  1. Jonathan Hobbs, director and veterinary surgeon
  1. North Park Veterinary Group, 64 Fore Street, North Tawton, Devon EX20 2DT
  1. email: jonathan{at}northparkvets.co.uk

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The Agriculture Bill passed its third and final reading in the House of Commons on 13 May 2020; the most significant change to agricultural legislation in decades. A late amendment was proposed by Neil Parish to prevent future trade deals from allowing food into the UK not produced to the standards required of farmers and processors within the UK.

This amendment was defeated by 51 votes. The MPs covering my practice area in rural Devon – Mel Stride and Geoffrey Cox – together with George Eustice,the secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs, voted against this amendment. Since this vote, I have been surprised at how few farmers realised this Bill was even taking place, let alone the result and the voting record of our MPs. That said, there has been …

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