WHAT could be more straightforward or fairer, you might think, than the European Union's veterinary and phytosanitary agreements with non-member countries?

The idea is that each party pledges that the food it exports to the other - be it derived from animals or plants - meets the requirements of its own food safety legislation and that this is then taken on trust by the receiving country.

No government is going to put the health of its people at risk by allowing suspect food to come in from abroad or impose tougher rules on its ...

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