U.K. Won’t Ban Import of Food Produced to Lower Farm Standards



Joe Mayes | Bloomberg

The U.K. government said it won’t ban food imports produced under inferior farming standards, saying the move would hurt farmers in developing countries.

Pressed by the opposition Labour Party on whether Britain will forbid the import of U.S. pork produced in conditions banned in the U.K., International Trade Secretary Liz Truss rejected a blanket ban.

Under World Trade Organization rules, “you have to apply the same standards to every country you are dealing with,” Truss said in the House of Commons on Thursday. “I want to make sure our farmers are able to continue with their high standards, but I don’t want to stop developing countries exporting their goods to us.”

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