Dr David Jukes, The University of Reading, UK

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Food Law News - UK - 2018

FDF News article, 25 April 2018

BREXIT - Business groups unite to call for post Brexit alignment within the UK on food and nutritional labelling and standards

In light of ongoing discussions between the UK and devolved administrations over the repatriation of powers from Brussels following Brexit, three of Scotland's leading business representative groups – Food & Drink Federation Scotland, Scottish Bakers, and Scottish Retail Consortium - have united to call for a common regulatory approach within the UK on aspects to do with food labelling and standards:

“When the UK leaves the EU it is set to herald a fresh chapter of devolution with substantial additional powers and responsibilities for the Scottish Parliament as well as the assemblies in Wales and Northern Ireland.

“This will lead to a more diverse and complex public policy environment for manufacturers and retailers - and their supply chains - to operate in. We are committed to responding positively to these changes, and will work to ensure that the powers repatriated from Brussels which affect our industries are implemented in a sensible and cost effective manner, in order to minimise administrative complexity, compliance and cost and to maintain the widest possible choice for consumers.

“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, with the devolved and UK administrations working together on a shared approach in order to minimise duplication and discrepancy for manufacturers and retailers.

“Scotland's businesses benefit enormously from the existing and largely unfettered UK single market. It allows manufacturers and retailers to capitalise on the efficiencies derived from regulatory consistency and economies of scale which in turn reduces business costs, increases productivity, and ultimately keeps down prices and provides more choice for customers.”

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