A briefing from specialists at the University of London, University of Sussex and Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) has called for the creation of ‘food resilience teams’.

The notice written by food policy experts has been sent to all councils in the UK to advise local authorities to establish such teams in preparation for Brexit.

Various scenarios that could arise due to Brexit may affect food supply, leading to social disorder, according to the notice.

Among the number of food risks highlighted are price changes, reduced food availability, lower standards and safety, supply disruption, border delays, freight logistics and public disorder.

“Those furthest from Channel ports will be at greatest risk of shortages.

University of Sussex Science Policy professor Erik Millstone said: “The impact of Brexit on food supplies will depend on where people live. Those furthest from Channel ports will be at greatest risk of shortages, which is important for local authorities because their locations will make big differences.”

CIEH Northern Ireland Director Gary McFarlane added: “Whatever the outcomes of political negotiations, significant change is on the horizon. Local authorities will be key facilitators for both business and local communities, and this document seeks to provide practical ideas that assist in that role.”

The advice notice has outlined various suggestions for the food resilience teams that include mapping of existing food systems in their regions, conduct assessments on where risks and potential disruptions lie, clarify the limits to stockpiling and bring together relevant professionals and expertise.

The briefing is reported to be the new addition to Food Research Collaboration’s Food Brexit Briefing series.