The folly of over-relying on food imports from faraway fields in a post-Brexit scenario has been highlighted over the past few days by a scandal that has hit the Brazilian meat industry.

This follows a two-year police investigation into alleged unhygienic practices at a number of major processing plants. Over 30 people have been arrested and civil servants suspended after being suspected of accepting bribes to put health certificates on to meat exports, some of which could have been tainted.