FG article misses the mark on UK poultry - NFU

NFU poultry board chairman pens open letter to the Farmers Guardian after its article fails to reflect the challenges of the UK poultry sector.
calendar icon 22 May 2020
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"And we are not the only country facing these difficulties. As normality begins to slowly resume, it is vital the UK does not become a dumping ground for poultry products produced in other countries operating to lower standards than those expected of British farmers.

"We work to deliver world-leading poultry and any short-term opportunism to take advantage of readily available poultry products from overseas will have long-lasting detrimental consequences for the entire British poultry industry; a point we have raised with Defra as both the Agriculture Bill and Trade Bill make their passage through Parliament.

"My hope is for the UK government to put in place legislative measures that prevent British food from being undermined by imports produced to lower standards and for the supply chain and food service to support British farmers by backing and choosing British as a priority."

"And we are not the only country facing these difficulties. As normality begins to slowly resume, it is vital the UK does not become a dumping ground for poultry products produced in other countries operating to lower standards than those expected of British farmers.

"We work to deliver world-leading poultry and any short-term opportunism to take advantage of readily available poultry products from overseas will have long-lasting detrimental consequences for the entire British poultry industry; a point we have raised with Defra as both the Agriculture Bill and Trade Bill make their passage through Parliament.

"My hope is for the UK government to put in place legislative measures that prevent British food from being undermined by imports produced to lower standards and for the supply chain and food service to support British farmers by backing and choosing British as a priority."

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