The EC is preparing for food safety impact of no deal Brexit
The EU is bracing for the food safety impact of a hard Brexit, announced Jyrki Katainen, VP of the Commission, responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness. In his opinion, health and food safety will have an impact on citizens’ daily lives and the functioning of businesses.
"Let there be no doubt whatsoever: a no deal scenario would be extremely costly and disruptive. The economic consequences would have a significant impact on the UK and to a lesser extent the EU. Together with the member states, the Commission continuously monitors the situation regarding public health risks. If there is no deal, we cannot rely on the fact that the UK used to be a member state the day before", he mentioned.
Border controls will intensify after the UK is to leave the Union and more than 2,000 professionals have been hired to check the safety of the food coming from the Kingdom.
"Borders are there to ensure that the food we eat is not a danger for our citizens…New controls will have to be carried out at our borders with the UK. Member states have also recruited the necessary staff to handle customs and safety checks. More than 2,000 professionals have been recruited in the countries most affected: France, Belgium, Ireland, Netherlands, Denmark. We are taking the necessary measures to allow UK products and animals still to enter the EU provided the UK has adopted the relevant new legislation and the necessary food safety conditions are met", he added.
A no deal Brexit is to have a "devastating impact" for farmers and businesses in the agri-food industry, according to Copa and Cogeca, CELCAA and FoodDrinkEurope. The associations have sent a letter to the European Commission to request additional measures that could mitigate the impact on the European agri-food industry.
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