In March 2017 PFMA published a Brexit Manifesto setting out our two-stage requirements for the process of managing the UK’s exit from the EU, including our specific priorities.
For our latest comments to the press, please scroll to the bottom of the page.
Our key policy areas are below - for more detail, please visit the manifesto and our recently launched Brexit Trade Paper.
We have some of the strongest feed safety and animal welfare standards in the world; these must be maintained and not undermined by imports with lower standards. Vets play a vital role in maintaining these standards. 85% of official state vets, and 30% of all vets, come from the EU. Concerns about the veterinary workforce need to be addressed.
We use a significant amount of animal by-products, surplus to the human food chain. This gives value to farmers who would otherwise have to dispose of that high quality material. 80% of our raw materials are from the UK. We must continue to support domestic farmers to ensure a reliable supply of safe, high quality and high welfare raw materials.
We want to avoid barriers to trade and promote access to new markets. Currently 80% of members export to the EU, 60% to the rest of the world. Half of members import raw materials or finished goods. As the UK prepares to leave the EU Single Market and Customs Union in the second stage of the process, this paper sets out our vision of the opportunities and challenges head for our sector.
We want to keep legislation aligned with EU to allow continued trade with Europe without unnecessary and costly barriers to trade. 100% of modern animal feed and welfare law currently originates from the EU. We do not want any reduction of these high standards which help to keep our pets and products safe.
The pet food industry employs a workforce of 100,000 people across the EU that benefits the UK greatly.
PFMA provides member support and advice on Brexit matters in our ‘Members only’ area. For more information about membership please contact Michael Bellingham at email@example.com or 0207 379 9009.
Michael Bellingham, PFMA CEO talks about the association’s Brexit priorities and how this has shaped PFMA’s activity.