By Rebecca Smithers, consumer affairs correspondent
Government regulators were today urged not to put consumers at risk by watering down protection from illegal and harmful toxic drugs in imported food.
The Soil Association said the testing of food safety was already "woefully inadequate" and could be scaled back by funding cuts. It called on regulators not to forewarn producers which products and drugs would be tested.
At a key meeting tomorrow, the government's veterinary residues committee is expected to bow to pressure from the food industry and agree to publish its testing plans for imported animal produce in advance. The produce includes honey, farmed fish and chicken.