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