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US lobbyists demand UK drops safety first attitude to food safety and standards

The US Trade Department has published the demands made by big corporates for the UK trade deal and it makes for distressing reading.

Vicki Hird

Vicki Hird

The Huffington Post reported that lobbyists are calling for the UK to drop our safety first attitude to safety and food standards, change drug buying rules to benefit US pharma companies and introduce new corporate courts so companies can sue the British state.

The demands were made in responses to a consultation about the future US/UK trade deal, led by the United States Trade Representative. They include the UK:

  • Abandoning the precautionary principle for food standards

  • Accepting hormone treated beef

  • Lifting the ban on ractopamine pork

  • Slashing subsidies to cattle farmers

  • Allowing new genetically-modified foods to be sold with minimal regulation

  • Scrapping mandatory labelling rules on GMOs

  • Getting rid of Britain’s safety-first approach to chemicals

  • Ditching the EU laws that protect our special food and drink products from cheap copy cats

  •  Ignoring the presence hormones and pus in dairy products

  • Removing mandatory labelling for E numbers and colourants

  • Not introducing a ban on antibiotic treated meat

  • Eliminating UK testing for a parasitic worm in pork

  •  Accepting chlorine washed chicken

  •  Legalising dangerous pesticides

You can read our 10 red lines on trade here

Published Wednesday 13 February 2019

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