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US Trade Deal is a “threat to our local food and drink industry”

Maree  ToddAs the negotiations over future trade deals continue many voices are being raised over the threat to food standards which may arise.

Maree Todd MSP, SNP, has renewed calls for the Tory government to remove the threat of lower food standards in any future trade deal – after a poll found that 83% of Scots are against US-style hormone-fed chicken entering the UK market.

The latest polling from YouGov has also revealed that 80% of Scots consumers are also against US demands such as imports of chloride washed chicken, 81% are against imports of vegetables grown with EU-banned pesticides and 90% say we shouldn’t remove the labels showing origin of meat products.

Locally produced food which did have protected named status when the UK was a member of the EU,  such as Stornoway Black Pudding are also at risk from cheap, sub-standard imports with the UK Government so far refusing to ensure geographically limited produce will protected in a US trade deal.

Maree Todd said:

“It’s absolutely clear that the overwhelming majority of people in Scotland do not want to see chlorine chicken, hormone-injected meat or vegetables riddled in pesticides on our supermarket shelves.

“The threat to our local food and drink industry, here in the islands, from a Tory-Trump trade deal is growing by the day as the US ramps up its demands to flood the UK market with lower standard imports.

“Once again Scotland is an afterthought for the Tories, as the interests of Scottish farmers and producers are being sacrificed so Boris Johnson can pander to the demands of Donald Trump.

“Enough is enough – the UK Tory government needs to enshrine in law that Scotland’s world-class food and drink sector will be protected.”

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