Authorities have been urged to ramp up contingency planning to avoid disruption to food supplies after Brexit.

A paper by the Food Research Collaboration has warned councils of the need to strengthen their planning and prepare to communicate effectively with the public after Brexit about food supply chains.

The document calls for the creation of local discussion groups to deal with risks, and also calls for clear communication with the public at times of disruption.

Gary McFarlane, Northern Ireland director of the chartered institute of environmental health (CIEH), said: “We know that many local authorities have engaged in emergency planning for Brexit. However, in some cases it appears that this planning has not included any consideration of food supplies.

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