Recently, BBC ‘Countryfile’ featured an investigation by Tom Heap into standards of foods supplied in the public sector i.e. hospitals, schools and care homes, and he concluded that the consideration of price was more important than quality.

In an interview with Andy Jones who represented the Hospital Caterers Association, it was stated that £4 per person per day was allowed to cover the cost of food, but the policy is to always go for the lowest price.

He said that Red Tractor Assured food would be so much better, as production standards are higher, and even in chicken, no water is added.

The UK Government is supposed to monitor and enforce the standards of food used in the public sector.

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs committee in parliament says that enforcement of UK standards on imported food should not be questioned.

We hear plenty about the USA wishing to pursue a trade deal with the UK, and we have been repeatedly assured that in no way will sub-UK standards be imported.

However, at the same time, Australia is knocking on the UK door wanting to export beef and other meat products.

Their production standards are well below ours, with the use of growth hormones in cattle and chlorine washed chickens.

Even the USA flagged up problems with Australian meat products and rejected 10 consignments due to faecal contamination and other issues.

It is clear, that now there is an election coming up for the Welsh Parliament, we need to hear all political candidates stand up for high welfare food that is home produced.

All I ask is that rules are enforced, and cheap substandard foods do not come to the UK and undermine our products.

Not only should this apply to food, but to all goods and services that we as a population consume.