Scots food and drink trio demand call for shared labelling approach across UK
2 May 2018
Three leading Scottish food sector associations have united to demand a shared regulatory approach to labelling and standards between the UK and its devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, post-Brexit.
Food & Drink Federation Scotland, Scottish Bakers, and the Scottish Retail Consortium points out that Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union will be accompanied by greater power and responsibilities for the three national executive bodies.
“This will lead to a more diverse and complex public policy environment for manufacturers and retailers - and their supply chains - to operate in,” said the trio in a joint statement.
Our concern is about ensuring there is the fullest possible alignment post- Brexit
“Our concern is less about where these 111 powers being repatriated from Brussels ultimately reside, rather it is about ensuring that on a small number of areas in particular – such as food and nutrition labelling and food compositional standards – that there is the fullest possible alignment post- Brexit”
Failure to achieve this would risk duplication and discrepancy for manufacturers and retailers warned the associations.