TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - According to a report published by The Guardian on Friday, the administration of US President Donald Trump is seeking to cut tariff and non-tariff barriers as well as secure duty-free access for US industrial and agricultural products after the Britain’s separation from the European Union at the end of March.
Citing the US trade representative’s office, the report said the US administration, which is seeking “comprehensive market access for US agricultural goods in the UK”, is looking to remove “unwarranted barriers” related to “sanitary and physiosanitary” standards in the farm industry.
Washington is also trying to reduce regulatory differences in the UK food market, where chlorinated chicken or hormone-fed beef are banned under EU rules.
This is while the UK environment secretary, Michael Gove, has repeatedly asserted that Britain will not compromise on food standards and the UK standards will remain the same if not be better than they currently are.
Gove has in the past expressed concern about antibiotics used for livestock and bee-harming pesticides used on grain that goes into breakfast cereals and other consumer foods.