The British Egg Industry Council (BEIC) has submitted a series of freedom of information (FOI) requests to find out why the Government has chosen not to apply tariffs to egg imports in a no-deal Brexit.
The group has previously raised concerns that dropping tariffs on eggs and egg products would allow imports from the USA, Ukraine, India and Argentina, where battery cages are still used.
But in an exchange in the House of Lords last week, Defra Minister Lord Gardiner suggested import standards would remain the same in a no-deal scenario.
He said: “Domestic production in eggs is around 86 per cent of UK supply. We remain committed to high standards of food safety and animal welfare.
“Existing UK import standards will still apply. The level of tariff applied does not change what can and cannot be imported.”
Mark Williams, chief executive of the BEIC, hit out at the comments.
“Lord Gardiner fails to answer why eggs were omitted from the tariff regime in the event of no-deal,” he said.
“It displays a lack of transparency. We have submitted a series of FOI requests to Government to establish the reasoning for them omitting egg and egg products and risking battery eggs back on shelves.”