Post-Brexit ban call for import of '˜illegal' animal products to UKÂ

A NEW poll has revealed nearly eight out of 10 people in the South West want a post-Brexit ban on the import of animal products that are illegal to produce in the UK.

Sunday, 23rd December 2018, 1:36 pm
Updated Thursday, 10th January 2019, 10:46 am

The survey from the RSPCA showed people are concerned that products like foie gras and eggs from hens kept in barren battery cages, banned in the UK in 2012, still make their way into our supermarkets and restaurants.

Other products like chlorinated chicken and hormone-boosted beef are also banned from being produced and imported by the EU but there are fears Brexit could open the door to them too.

David Bowles, head of public affairs at the RSPCA said: '˜Our YouGov research shows that most people want imports of lower-welfare food such as foie gras to be outlawed.

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'˜If the method of making a product is so unacceptable that producing it here is banned, then surely importing that product from another country should be illegal too.  

'˜Brexit offers a great opportunity for the UK to strengthen its animal welfare standards.'