In the latest of its Food Brexit Briefings, the Food Research Collaboration examines how UK food standards may be affected by post-Brexit trade deals - specifically, the case of hormone-treated beef, which is currently permitted in the United States but not in the European Union. The report points out that at least one of the hormones routinely used in US beef production is a cancer risk, and that there is not enough evidence to show that five other hormones are safe to use.
The report recommends that:
- The UK government should keep food standards aligned with EU food standards, or strengthens them further
- UK consumers should resist any moves to weaken food standards
- UK food businesses should commit to avoiding beef treated with synthetic hormones
- Researchers and NGOs should closely monitor policy in this area, and
- The UK government should acknowledge that weakening of UK food standards could present difficulties for UK food businesses that want to export to the EU’s single market.