European School Milk Scheme
We have received further responses from our engagement with Welsh Assembly Members. Plaid Cymru’s Spokesperson for Rural Affairs, Simon Thomas, shared a response from the Welsh Government to the letter we drafted asking for commitment on a replacement to the EU school milk scheme after Brexit.  Kirsty Williams, the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Liberal Democrat AM for Brecon and Radnorshire responded on behalf of the Welsh Government. The response highlighted current provisions and said, “We will explore options for the future of the scheme, as part of our wider consideration around departure from the EU.”
We have continued to update our summary of all the member states’ strategies to the EU School Milk Scheme as more strategies have been published. We are paying particular attention to the complementary educational measures for ideas on how to promote milk consumption in children in the UK.
We have responded to an article published in iNews revealing that the American dairy industry is lobbying its Government to try to include lower dairy standards in the upcoming US-UK trade deal. The response was sent to Cahal Milmo, the journalist running the story to be included in future stories. It was also put on the SNMA website, to demonstrate to supporters our media engagement.
The response said: “The School and Nursery Milk Alliance support Defra’s recent announcements that they will continue to uphold high animal welfare standards in farming in the UK. This will ensure British consumers, particularly children in nursery and school, continue to enjoy high quality milk post-Brexit while animals continue to be fairly treated. It is worrying to hear speculation that American dairy producers are intending to lobby for lower standards in a future UK-US trade deal so that their dairy farmers can export to the UK. Reducing the standards required of milk sold in the UK would put British farmers at an unfair competitive disadvantage for producing milk of a higher quality for consumers and to better animal welfare standards. We call on the Government to legally commit to protecting animal welfare standards applied to all milk and other dairy products sold in the UK post-Brexit as soon as possible and to safeguard high quality school milk for our future generations.”

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