Brexit: EU stopped lobster shipment over wrong colour ink
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Earlier this week it emerged that ingredients that do not come from an “approved” farm or factory will be banned from the bloc’s under incoming food safety regulations. Coming in from March, any ingredient of animal origin – including meat, milk and eggs – “must come from EU-approved establishments”.
News about the changes has sparked alarm from some UK exporters about the damage they could cause to their businesses.
But many Express.co.uk readers dismissed it as scaremongering and warned that the UK could respond in a similar fashion if needed.
Yellow Vest raged: “Who cares? We will just retaliate proportionately.
“The EU can’t win a trade war with the UK because they sell £100 billion pa (per annum) more to us than we sell to them.
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“A trade war with their best customer will simply impoverish them and make member states wonder if their best interests would be served outside the EU, especially the ones who are net contributors.”
BobPage joked: “Reminder that EU-approved beef was actually horse.”
DelExp said: “UK standards are higher.”
Dxlman wrote: “And so the EU protection racket goes on.
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“Two can play at that game!”
Ahead of the imposition of the rules, the Commons International Trade Committee has held an inquiry into its likely effect.
It heard that UK exporters might resort to two different production lines – to satisfy EU rules and laxer requirements for other markets.
This is employed by many Australian farmers, to separate beef for EU export – which must be hormone-free – from sales to other countries without a ban.
But this did not stop Tory trade minister Mark Garnier from voicing concerns about the impact it would have on firms exporting products like “chicken, ham and mushroom pie” to the bloc.
He said: “It could be how you make the pastry, or the ham.”
Trade expert Emily Rees, from analysts Trade Strategies, agreed with his assessment.
She told the Independent: “That fish pie can be consumed within Great Britain but will not be able to be sent into Northern Ireland, or exported into the EU, because you will not have the origin certificate necessary.”
Ms Rees said the problem could easily arise because the UK had recently approved agricultural ingredients from premises in Turkey – which might not be on the EU approved list.
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