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Concerns that food shipped to and from the UK might be subject to less stringent safety controls are baseless is the consensus in the food and drinks industry, with 65% convinced food safety would be unaffected outside the EU. Ten per cent even believe food safety could improve in the event of Brexit.

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Such a viewpoint may come as a surprise to Remain campaigners who have regularly cited the importance of EU legislation governing food safety as a major reason for the UK not to leave the EU.

But though one professional conceded the EU “created a level playing field” and helped to avoid a “race to the bottom” only 15% felt food would be less safe in a Brexit.

The possibility of more food crime outside the EU also hasn’t registered as a particular concern. While the 2013 horsemeat scandal proved just how international food crime networks were, nearly half (45%) say the risk would not increase, and 17% believe the UK could in fact end up more protected.