A petition calling for MPs to “keep British food safe after Brexit” is approaching half a million signatures.
Erik Millstone has called on the government to officially commit to ensuring that the UK’s food standards are not weakened after Brexit – or raised even higher.
It comes as protections of minimum food safety standards seemingly evaporated after a Labour amendment to the Agriculture Bill was voted down in parliament under the cover of the coronavirus pandemic.
MPs passed the legislation’s third reading in a virtual vote – 360 – 211 despite guarantees of a minimum standard to protect British food – and therefor British farming – being absent from the overhaul of UK agriculture.
Environment Secretary George Eustice has previously refused to rule out chlorinated chicken and hormone-treated beef being imported from the US in a post-Brexit trade deal.
The petition is approaching half a million signatures, but it may escape the attention of MPs because it is hosted on change.org.
According to a parliamentary spokesperson who spoke to The London Economic petitions on the platform have never qualified for debate in Parliament.
The Petitions Committee only has the remit to consider those that are started on the Parliament petitions site because they are unable to moderate external site petitions, meaning people from outside of the UK could contribute and they could be subject to fraudulent signatures.