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Animal welfare under the microscope as MPs scrutinise Australia trade deal

3 March 2022

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee continues its inquiry exploring the impacts of the UK-Australia free trade agreement (FTA) on food and agriculture


Tuesday 8 March 2022

At 2.30pm

  • James Russell, Senior Vice President, British Veterinary Association
  • Orla Delargy, Head of Public Affairs, Sustain
  • Anna Sands, Trade Policy Specialist, WWF

At 3.30pm

  • Sue Davies MBE, Head of Consumer Rights and Food Policy, Which
  • Andrew Opie, Director, British Retail Consortium
  • Kate Nicholls OBE, CEO, UKHospitality

The session’s first panel will focus on the FTA’s ramifications for animal welfare and the environment. Topics are likely to include concerns around the differing animal welfare standards between UK and Australia, the deal’s environmental impact, and how the UK enforces its bans on hormone-treated beef and chlorinated chicken.

A second panel will consider possible effects of the FTA on UK consumers, retailers, and the hospitality sector. MPs are likely to seek witnesses’ views on the deal’s potential influence on sources of beef, lamb and sugar imports, as well as its impact on UK food prices and supply chains.

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