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Brexit: Imported food must meet British standards in future trade deal
Future trade deal of imported food products is analysed in the inquiry.
Inquiry into the Agricultural Bill takes place

An inquiry has taken place alongside the Agriculture Bill which investigates the provisions needed by the agriculture industry after Brexit.

Three key areas of the Agriculture Bill are focused on: future trade deals, fairness in the supply chain and the transition from the EU common Agricultural Policy (CAP) to a new system.

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, who are leading the inquiry, is urging the government to “put its money where its mouth is” and accept that imported food products as part of any future trade deal must meet or exceed British standards regarding the environment, production and animal welfare.

Further conclusions by the committee include the recommendation that the proposed fair dealing obligations for first purchasers of agricultural products should be overseen by the Groceries Code Adjudicator, rather than the Rural Payments Agency.

The committee also noted its disappointment that it was not given the opportunity to analyse the Agricultural Bill before legislation was passed.

Comments from the chair

The chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, Neil Parish MP, said:

“The United Kingdom currently has exceptionally high environmental and food standards and an internationally recognised approach to animal welfare. This legacy cannot be ripped apart by the introduction of cheap, low-quality goods following our exit from the European Union.

“Our suggested amendment calls for agricultural goods to be imported into the UK only if the standards to which those goods were produced are as high as, or higher than, current UK standards.”

The full analysis of the Agricultural Bill can be read here.

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ZSL London Zoo shares animal X-rays

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 A selection of X-ray images showing the inner workings of frogs, turtles, snakes and geckos have been shared by veterinary surgeons at ZSL London Zoo.

Taken as part of a routine health check, the images have been shared as part of ‘Vets in Action’ week - a hand’s on role-playing experience for children that explores the life of a zoo vet.

ZSL London Zoo veterinary nurse Heather Mackintosh said: “It’s great to be able to share the work that goes on behind the scenes at the Zoo to keep our residents in tip-top condition – and our visitors are always amazed to find out more about their favourite animals.” 

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Vets in developing nations given free access to BSAVA’s online library

BSAVA has teamed up with the WSAVA, the WSAVA Foundation and FECAVA to offer vets in developing nations free access to its online library.

The Association’s ‘Foundation Collection’ is comprised of more than 70 hours of articles, lectures and book chapters covering topics such as basic handling skills, working on a budget and emergency triage. Some of the countries set to benefit include Albania, Georgia, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda and Tanzania.

Nicolette Hayward, of BSAVA International Affairs Committee said: “Our mission is to promote excellence in small animal practice through education and science, so we are delighted to work with WSAVA, the WSAVA Foundation and FECAVA to share these high-quality resources to the veterinary profession in low and middle-income countries.”