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Leaked document reveals US-EU trade agreement threatens public health, food safety
A draft chapter of the US-EU trade agreement leaked today by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy reveals public health and food safety could be at risk, according to an accompanying analysis.
American poultry standards draw criticism at trade talks
At a stakeholder hearing in Brussels, the US chief negotiator on TTIP, Daniel Mullaney, argued that chlorine­-washed chicken offered consumers a safe alternative
Peroxyacetic acid rinsing of poultry meat - BEUC position paper published
BEUC has just published its position paper on the use of peroxyacetic acid rinses of poultry meat. This chemical wash is currently banned in the EU. However, pressure from the United States might reverse the trend.
US says ’science’ should settle trans-Atlantic food trade rules
When US farm lobbyists push for "sound science" as the basis for food supply trade rules, what they mean by this term is that they want Europe to eliminate all restrictions on imports of food from the US, and to adopt a US-style food supply regulatory regime, stripped of the precautionary principle.
10 reasons TTIP is bad for good food and farming
Agribusiness on both sides is pushing to rollback regulations that hinder their profits at the expense of food safety, farmers and ranchers, consumers and animal welfare.
Pulp friction: Indian mango ban prompts protest in Britain
“With a new Indian government expected to put long-stalled EU free trade talks at the top of its agenda, the mango ban could not have come at a worse time as it risks souring discussions before they even get going,” Allie Renison of business lobby group the Institute of Directors wrote in the Daily Telegraph.
Is US ’chlorinated chicken’ and ‘GM food’ heading to EU?
French political parties attack the threats to food safety from the proposed EU-US trade agreement.
Center for Food Safety report warns TTIP could undermine critical food safety and environmental regulations
The US-based Center for Food Safety today released a report examining the potential food and farming impacts of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a week before EU trade negotiators arrive in Arlington, Virginia, for the fifth round of TTIP talks.
Vilsack says sanitary issues delaying TTIP
Disagreements over sanitary and phytosanitary standards (SPS) are delaying US-EU Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations, according to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
EFSA says use of peroxyacetic acid would not cause toxicity concerns
In response to a US request, the European Food Safety Authority has given a thumbs up to peracetic acid washes for chicken carcasses, an area of concern for consumers in the TTIP talks.
Chicken plant workers say chemicals sprayed on carcasses making them sick
The US poultry industry maintains that chemical solutions to prevent food poisoning, a major concern in the EU-EU FTA talk, are safe while the workers are getting sick.
The secret deal that threatens the food on your plate
Untangling the EU-US trade talks : What are the big concerns for food & farming? What might be the consequences for our food and farming? Friends of the Earth Europe and Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy hosted a discussion in Brussels on 13 March 2014.
Trade chief misleads on GM foods
Who is really in charge of the European Union’s food safety policies? Over the past few weeks, two EU commissioners have been sounding markedly different notes about genetically modified (GM) crops.
The TTIP, corporatism, and GMOs
Opening up Europe to the full onslaught of US agricultural products and systems is the main goal of the US in pushing for TTIP in the first place.
The TTIP: How a new secret ’trade’ treaty could put the world’s biggest firms beyond government control
The US/EU Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is intended to set global trade rules, bypassing the World Trade Organisation which has up to now allowed developing countries to resist such an agreement.
TPP: Getting US snout in Vietnam trough
American swine could make their way to the Vietnamese dining table via Chinese slaughterhouses, thanks to the TPP
Food safety in the EU-US trade agreement: going outside the box
The transantlantic trade deal’s agenda for food safety if all about reducing hoops for agribusiness. Not only would this hurt Europeans, whose clearly higher standards would be dragged down, but it would affect many other countries’ food producers and consumers, since any deal reached between Washington and Brussels will set a new international benchmark.
Webinar: The promises and perils of proposed US-EU trade deal for food and agriculture
On the occasion the third round of negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the Heinrich Boell Foundation and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) invite you to join them for a webinar on the agreement’s potential impacts on agriculture in the US and EU.
Canadian beef makes gains in EU agreement, but US must aim higher
Canada won’t realize the benefits negotiated under CETA until it allows imports of beef produced in the EU, which is still banned due to BSE. This is a concession the EU will also press the US to make in the TTIP, says the US beef industry.
US aligns beef rules with global mad cow standards
The United States on Friday issued new import rules for cattle and beef that will comply with international standards for the prevention of mad cow disease, saying the step could ultimately boost US beef exports.