Many people have contacted me recently with concerns about misleading food labelling on meat and dairy products.

I share concerns about this as a consumer rights issue and I believe that new proposals on food labelling are needed to ensure that consumers know exactly what they are buying, including the country of origin and method of production.

We must also prioritise a sustainable, long-term future for our farming, fishing and food industries. This means we cannot allow Brexit to be used as an excuse for food standards to be reduced or to allow cheap and inferior produce to flood the UK market.

I also believe we should reconfigure funds for farming to promote sustainable practices so that the industry can thrive and succeed while benefitting local communities.

At the 2017 General Election, I stood on a manifesto which pledged to consult on better ways to ensure agreed standards are better enforced.

I can assure you that I will continue to call for action to promote a humane and sustainable British farming system and also press for our existing environmental and animal welfare standards to be retained and strengthened once we have left the EU.

Supermarket meat products
Supermarket meat products
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