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PM confirms support for farming and welfare
"We will maintain the UK’s high standards of food safety and of animal welfare; that will be a priority for us."
MP questioned Theresa May on Brexit trade deals
 
The Prime Minister has confirmed she will maintain the UK’s standards of food safety and animal welfare when the UK leaves the European Union.

Victoria Atkins, MP for Louth and Horncastle, asked Theresa May whether the government would continue to back British farming and ensure the high standards expected of food producers and farmers will be met in any international trade deals struck. The question was posed during the Prime Minister’s Question Time on Wednesday (15 March).

Responding, Theresa May said: “I can assure my hon. friend that we will certainly do that…

“We have an opportunity to build a new future for our food and farming industry when we leave the European Union. We will maintain the UK’s high standards of food safety and of animal welfare; that will be a priority for us.

“Any trade deals we enter into will need to be right for consumers, for businesses and for farmers, and will need to ensure our food safety and environmental protection, and of course the animal welfare standards I have just referred to.

“We recognise the need for certainty for businesses. We have already provided guarantees on support for farmers up to 2020, and I can assure her that we will continue to back British farmers.”

Her comments were welcomed by the Country Land and Business Association. President Ross Murray said: “I am delighted the Prime Minister has confirmed her unequivocal backing for British farming. As we move ever closer to Brexit, our farmers need certainty that their quality products and high environmental and welfare standards will continue to play a major role within the UK and EU food chain and beyond.

“Getting our trade deal with the EU right must be the priority. We shall play our part to ensure the Government establishes new international trade deals which benefit farmers and consumers alike and will hold the Government to account to deliver on this commitment.”

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Sale of microbeads now banned

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 The sale of products containing microbeads is now banned across England and Scotland, Defra has confirmed.

As part of government efforts to prevent these plastics ending up in the marine environment, retailers can no longer sell rinse-off cosmetics and personal care products containing microbeads. These tiny plastics were often added to products including face scrubs, soaps, toothpaste and shower gels.

Just a single shower is thought to send 100,000 of these beads down the drain and into the ocean, where it can cause serious harm to marine life. A ban on manufacturing products containing microbeads previously came into force in January this year. 

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George Eustice announces funding for Bovine Viral Diarrhoea

Farming minister George Eustice has announced a 5.7million funding package to help farmers tackle Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD).

The funding will be available in England for three years through the Rural Development Programme and farmers will be able to apply for one-to-one farm advisory visits by a veterinary practitioner.

The project will recruit local vets who will then work with keepers of breeding cattle to tackle BVD on their farms.