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Center for Food Safety Report Warns TTIP Could Undermine Critical Food Safety and Environmental Regulations

Center for Food Safety (CFS) today released a report examining the potential food and farming impacts of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), a broad trade agreement currently under negotiation by the United States and the European Union...Although TTIP negotiations cover a vast range of issues, food safety and regulatory standards are among the most contentious topics.  Food and farm issues being negotiated under TTIP include: GE crops, GE labeling, animal drugs and hormones, animal welfare, livestock antibiotics, chemically washed poultry, nanotechnology, and other issues...“Many people don't know that these secret negotiations may undermine efforts on both sides of the Atlantic to protect our food, our health, and our environment,” said Debbie Barker, international program director at Center for Food Safety.  “Trade agreements, such as TTIP, profoundly impact our food and our farms. Education is the first step toward participation.”...“What industry and trade officials often refer to as ‘trade barriers’ are actually democratically crafted food safety and public health safeguards,”  added Barker.  “Those of us concerned about the food we feed our families must get involved before it is too late.”...

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