Date lodged: 31 October 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding calls for the ban on the import of chlorinated chicken to be lifted and for the UK to adopt US environmental and food safety regulations.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 8 November 2018
In my discussions with the UK Government, I have repeatedly made clear that there should be no weakening of current environmental and food safety regulations as a consequence of Brexit. I will expect Mr Gove and his Ministerial colleagues to deliver on their commitment to maintain existing standards. To that end, I have written earlier this week to Mr Gove to propose an amendment to the UK Agriculture Bill which would prohibit imports of agricultural and food products where the relevant standards are lower than those in the UK.
We also continue to underline that future trade deals must not impose changes in devolved policy areas without the explicit and prior agreement of the Scottish Government.