According to Declassified UK, the British government has been sending live animals and shellfish to “wet markets” in China, like the one responsible for the coronavirus outbreak, for years despite warnings from officials over health and safety concerns.
Theresa May visited Wuhan to set up trade deals with China and encouraged them to lower meat standards to allow for UK imports, the publication reported. However, the government has been telling UK citizens to avoid wet markets for their own health.
The UK government, Public Health England, warned British travelers to avoid wet markets to avoid the bird flu. Warnings were issued in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019. While May’s government was shipping more meat and exports to those same wet markets.
Theresa May left Wuhan in 2018 with trade deals worth £10 billion. The end of the announcement shares that the government negotiated with China to lift “BSE (mad cow disease) restrictions by summer 2018, supporting our beef market access negotiations, valued at £250 million in the first five years.”
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