Food, Ag Coalition Urges Comprehensive FTA Negotiation with EU

Forty-seven food and agricultural organizations - led by the National Pork Producers Council - sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative nominee Mike Froman yesterday (Monday) expressing concern with a resolution approved by the European Parliament last month - that in negotiating the TTIP with the U.S. - the EU should maintain the precautionary principle for sanitary-phytosanitary barriers to trade. The coalition says precaution in the EU has become a pretext for import protectionism under the pretense of consumer safety - and such non-science-based measures have become the most challenging barrier to U.S. food and ag exports to the EU. The coalition says SPS issues must be addressed during the negotiations and provisions negotiated under the TTIP must be enforceable.

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