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Food standards petition reaches 1 million signatures

NFU campaign calls for standards to be enshrined in law.
18 June 2020 , Katie Coyne

A petition to ensure all food imported into the UK conforms to the same high standards as that produced by British farmers reached a million signatures yesterday evening (17 June).

In less than two weeks, the National Farmers Union campaign gathered huge support, including backing from the Mail on Sunday, and celebrity chef Jamie Oliver.

The petition calls for the government to put into law rules that prevent food being imported to the UK that is produced in ways that would be illegal here, before negotiating any trade deals.

NFU president Minette Batters tweeted: “I actually have tears in my eyes. You ALL did this. I’m so proud of what you’ve achieved. Tonight this great country has drawn a line in the sand with a million people backing British farming. #ThankYouSoMuch”

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