Following its roundtable discussion in July 2018, the Society for Applied Microbiology has released a report on food safety after Brexit.
Key findings include:
- New trade deals may leave the UK exposed to new food safety threats from imports, including drug-resistant microbes.
- Food exports from the UK may need to meet different safety requirements, incurring costs on British food producers.
- The UK Government must seek continued involvement in European food safety surveillance systems and knowledge sharing networks after Brexit.
- The EU is a key source of funding for food safety research. Steps should be taken to mitigate potential funding losses once the UK leaves the EU.
- Future government support for the safety of our food should also focus on UK National Reference Laboratories and gaps in the domestic skills base.