FoodChain ID Certification’s technical expert, David Wolf, has warned that any deregulation of food made with genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) in the UK after Brexit is likely to result in a huge rise in imports of GM products from Asia and the Americas.
Further to this, David states that farmers wishing to export to EU nations will still have to comply with EU regulations on GMOs, regardless of any post-Brexit trade deals.
While many industry commentators believe the UK will adopt the majority of EU regulations post-Brexit, if the UK farming sector calls for reduced regulation in GMO crop production, there is possibility the UK law will change, Wolf suggested.
“The post-Brexit trade deals made in Brussels will shape the UK food industry for years to come, but trade deals aren’t the only aspect of the UK food industry that may be subject to change.
“EU GMO regulations are on the table for discussion, as UK farmers rally against increased regulation on chemical and GM-farming products,” said David.
“Conversely, if farmers wish to export to EU nations, their crops will inevitably have to comply with EU regulation on GMOs, regardless of any trade deals initiated in Brussels by the UK.
“Nonetheless, if the regulation of genetically modified crops is relaxed, the UK could see a huge increase in imports of GM product from Asia and the Americas.”
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