Food safety dilemma for Britain

Dhaka,  Tue,  22 August 2017
Published : 17 May 2017, 14:00:01

Food safety dilemma for Britain

The UK’s departure from the EU means that unless it reaches a deal to continue to work with Brussels it is likely to have to create its own unit of travelling inspectors to ensure the quality of food imports, according to a global media report Wednesday. 

Senior vets have warned that without liberal immigration rules, Britain might struggle to find enough qualified staff.

The issue is one of several instances where the UK is set to take on bureaucratic work carried out at EU level.

Food inspection is a substantial task for the commission. Data from 2015 show its vets and inspectors spent a combined 4,720 days on overseas visits. An additional 150 staff provide back-office support. 

The commission declined to say what the annual budget for its inspectors was, but overall spending on food safety reached more than €250m in 2015.

The extra workload means the UK will require scores of veterinary professionals working and travelling from 2019 onwards.


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