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Secretary of State and others questioned on EU import checks

24 February 2022

The Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA), Rt Hon George Eustice MP, and food industry representatives will be questioned about forthcoming checks on imports from the EU by EFRA Committee MPs at a public evidence session on Tuesday 1 March at 2.30pm.

Purpose of the session

Full checks on imports of food, live animals and animal products will come into force from July 2022, having been postponed several times since Brexit. These checks are known as SPS checks – or Sanitary (pertaining to animals) and Phyto-Sanitary (pertaining to plants) checks.

The EU is by far the UK’s biggest source of imported food.

This one-off evidence session will allow MPs on the EFRA committee to hear the views of the sector about the state of border control post readiness in Great Britain, and to put questions to the government about whether they are on track to meet the revised timetable for introducing the checks. 


Tuesday 1 Match 2022

Panel 1 (from 2.30pm): 

  • Richard Ballantyne, CEO, British Ports Association
  • Karen Betts, CEO, Food and Drink Federation
  • Andrew Opie, Director, British Retail Consortium
  • James Russell, Senior Vice President, British Veterinary Association

Panel 2 (from about 3.30 pm): 

  • Rt Hon George Eustice MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • David Kennedy, Director-General, Food, Farming and Bio-Security, at the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Further information

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