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Jeremy Corbyn claims Johnson's deal will lead to "rat hairs in paprika"

Jeremy Corbyn claims Johnson's deal will lead to "rat hairs in paprika"

(3:01) Yes it's true. Jeremy Corbyn's examples are drawn from the US Food Defect Levels Handbook, which sets limits for contaminants beyond which legal action will automatically be taken. Canned citrus juice is defective if it has one or more maggots per 250ml and ground paprika if it has more than 11 rat hairs per 25g. It should be added that food producers can be prosecuted even if contaminants are below these levels if they are guilty of “poor manufacturing processes”.
The EU has “no allowable limits of foreign bodies in food” or “published list of 'tolerance' levels”. Food sold in the bloc is expected to be clean and uncontaminated." Infacts.org

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Guest: hippyhippyshakeshake (238 days ago)

Any wonder Labour lost the election!

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Any wonder Labour lost the election!

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Mesmerelda Mesmerelda (238 days ago)

Except it's true. Here's another example (there are so many) from the FDA: "Frozen Broccoli - average of 60 or more aphids and/or thrips and/or mites per 100 grams". 

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Except it's true. Here's another example (there are so many) from the FDA: "Frozen Broccoli - average of 60 or more aphids and/or thrips and/or mites per 100 grams". 

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Guest: hippyhippyshakeshake (232 days ago)

What makes you so sure that we will lower our food standards to a level that consumers would not accept.

We have food standards enshrined in law, and there are no indications that these will be changed after Brexit.

A trade deal with USA also does not automaticaly mean the standards need lowering.

American food is not full of magots and rats hairs despite their minimum standards. Consumers would not accept it.

Maybe I am being nieve, but we already import food from USA that meets our current food standards, so why do you expect it to change overnight?

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What makes you so sure that we will lower our food standards to a level that consumers would not accept.

We have food standards enshrined in law, and there are no indications that these will be changed after Brexit.

A trade deal with USA also does not automaticaly mean the standards need lowering.

American food is not full of magots and rats hairs despite their minimum standards. Consumers would not accept it.

Maybe I am being nieve, but we already import food from USA that meets our current food standards, so why do you expect it to change overnight?

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Mesmerelda Mesmerelda (231 days ago)

Yes, we do have food standards enshrined in law - EU law. If we want to sell into the EU, our farmers will have to meet EU food standards. 

But if we want a free trade deal with the US, we will have to accept their standards, or get them to raise their standards to EU level - and that's not going to happen.

If we can't persuade the US to raise their standards, then our farmers have a problem - they need to meet EU standards to sell into the EU, but in the UK, they will be competing against cheaper imported US foods - cheaper because lowering standards saves money.

Of course our farmers can lower standards to compete against US imports, but then they can't sell into the EU. Brexiteers have not thought this through.

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Yes, we do have food standards enshrined in law - EU law. If we want to sell into the EU, our farmers will have to meet EU food standards. 

But if we want a free trade deal with the US, we will have to accept their standards, or get them to raise their standards to EU level - and that's not going to happen.

If we can't persuade the US to raise their standards, then our farmers have a problem - they need to meet EU standards to sell into the EU, but in the UK, they will be competing against cheaper imported US foods - cheaper because lowering standards saves money.

Of course our farmers can lower standards to compete against US imports, but then they can't sell into the EU. Brexiteers have not thought this through.

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Guest: (237 days ago)

One word. Brexit.  Conservatives can pretend they won it through popularity, having the best manifesto, or running the most effective campaign but the truth is obvious.

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One word. Brexit.  Conservatives can pretend they won it through popularity, having the best manifesto, or running the most effective campaign but the truth is obvious.

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