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WTO Trade Agreement Trumps U.S. Food Safety Policy


WTO Trade Agreement Trumps U.S. Food Safety Policy

WASHINGTON - Today’s World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling that provisions of the U.S. country-of-origin-labeling (COOL) program for labeling beef and pork are illegal is a grave blow for a consumer’s right to know where our food comes from.

“Our food safety policies in this country should not be dictated by a closed-door trade tribunal,” says Debbie Barker, international and trade program director at Center for Food Safety (CFS). “The WTO has essentially overruled our democratic law making process, which demonstrates how trade agreements can weaken U.S. food safety standards.”



A problem with this policy is endocrine disrupting chemicals huge and arguably growing burden of man made chemical caused human illness - -

This is also relevant to the food safety issue- Problems with the approach taken in the huge pending TTIP US-EU trade deal, the biggest ever.

Food labeling is more important than ever, as is availability of affordable healthcare, another area WTO rules such as GATS heavily impact.