“Any changes to existing food safety legislation would require new legislation”.
Given that they’ve a majority of eighty, this is far from reassuring.
This is not a guarantee. It’s quite the opposite of a guarantee. A trade deal with America requires precisely what the signatories of this letter pretend to rule out – a lowering of food and welfare standards. And given that an amendment to rule out a lowering of standards was voted down on May 13th, and given that the new UK Agriculture Bill is already in the Lords, it’s probably already too late. There’s petitions going around to stop this, but this has been happening – in plain sight – for four years. And now there’s a petition? I’ve been banging on about this for years. Mike Pompeo, the US Secretary of State, has stated publicly and clearly that without a lowering of standards they aren’t coming to the table.
Has nobody been paying attention? After being distracted by bread and circuses, we’ve belatedly woken up to the fact that the UK government doesn’t care what kind of s**t you have to eat as long they get a deal – any sort of deal – with the neo-fascist Trump.
One sixth of Americans get food poisoning every year. And it isn’t just chlorinated chicken and hormone treated beef. Ractopamine is an asthma drug which, when fed to pigs, causes growth spurts. Canada, EU, China & Russia have banned it for human consumption, as it’s too dangerous.
And don’t forget – every single Scottish Conservative MP – all of whom represent strong rural areas – voted to allow ractopamin pork into UK, shafting not only their core vote but also every single person in Scotland.
Luckily, Scotland has a way to get out of this. Which we must do immediately and by any means available, because it is now a matter of demonstrable actuality that membership of the United Kingdom is seriously bad for your health.
Keep safe everybody. I’ll meet you further on up the road.