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US trade deal ’could pose greatest risk to UK food since BSE crisis’
Consumer group Which? is warning the government not to allow in chlorinated chicken and hormone-fed beef.
Cabinet unrest over U-turn on animal welfare in US trade talks
Leaked letter instructs ministers to have ‘no specific policy’ on the issue.
Government ready to open British markets to chlorinated chicken for US trade deal
The move would represent a significant loosening of the current situation where complying with high European welfare and sanitary standards for food are a requirement across a wide range of foods.
Trade war: UK government blasted for ’unacceptable’ aspect of US trade negotiations
The UK Department for International Trade has been blasted for its claims that the UK has enough trading clout to assert itself in US trade talks, amid concerns.
Revealed: US meat lobby working to ditch chlorinated chicken ban in UK trade talks
A powerful lobby group representing the United States’ largest chicken producers is working to demand that a post-Brexit trade deal eliminates the UK’s ban on chlorinated chicken imports.
Divisions open over ‘lower agriculture standards’ in future US-UK pact
The UK government is preparing to offer increased access to the UK market for US agriculture exports and possibly lower the bar on environmental and health standards.
A fast track to weaker food standards
Will the EU concede to the demands of US negotiators on food standards? The Commission can in fact circumvent the mandate by using other methods that make it much easier to weaken standards.
Poultry state congressmen pressure trade talks to get American chicken into UK
The mostly poultry state congressmen outlined the trade barriers U.S. producers currently face and called for the inclusion of US poultry products in any new US-UK trade agreement.
Chlorinated chicken and hormone-grown beef? What a UK-US trade deal could mean for your diet
Some of the most controversial issues include chlorinated chicken, potassium bromate and hormones.
EU: mini US deal will only tackle regulatory barriers
The European Union is prepared to lower barriers for US agricultural goods such as GMOs as part of a mini trade deal, but don’t expect bigger concessions like cutting tariffs or changing EU laws, an EU official said.
Public fear Trump trade deal food standards
Most people are worried about meat quality standards being lowered in a future trade deal with the United States, a new survey suggests.
There’s nothing “mini” about the US plan to unravel Europe’s precautionary principle
US trade negotiators, Agriculture Secretary, and American farm interests have all been crystal clear: the precautionary principle must go, and now is the time to finally axe it.
Embracing technology to feed a growing world
It is time for America and Europe to embrace innovation and technology in a safe, sustainable agriculture, says US Secretary of Agriculture.
EU demands UK keep chlorinated chicken ban to get trade deal
Clause in negotiating mandate for Michel Barnier will create hurdle to US-UK deal.
US statement at the EU trade policy review
The US is troubled by the EU’s non-tariff barriers that impede the use of modern agricultural tools and technologies such as biotechnology, veterinary drugs and pathogen reduction treatments.
Canada using CETA to attack European food safety rules, new documents reveal
New documents reveal that Canadian regulators have been using the agreement to weaken European food safety regulations.
As Trump takes aim at EU trade, European officials brace for fight
A scaled-down deal could include European apples and pears, US seafood, and food safety standards.
Member states ‘in the dark’ over Commission’s talks with the US
A group of EU member states are unhappy about the lack of information from the European Commission on the trade talks with the US and have expressed their “nervousness” about what could be in the deal.
CETA puts pressure on precautionary principle, glyphosate implicated
The changes joint committees are allowed to make to the CETA-text are in effect very far-reaching and at the same time binding, so they take up the role of legislator.
EU ban on US chicken and ’hormone-treated beef’ should be revisited - US Agriculture Secretary
Concerns that a previous EU-US trade deal was anti-democratic and would lower food safety, labour and environmental standards resulted in in mass protests in Germany, Austria and France in 2015.