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Big business to benefit while consumer health at risk- Lynn Boylan MEP

28 January, 2015 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has slammed the European Commission after a new leak from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations suggests further EU capitulation on regulatory cooperation.

Speaking today from Brussels the Dublin MEP said:

“Regulatory co-operation is the process of aligning or harmonising existing regulations on both sides of the Atlantic, covering areas like food and the environment. Given that the EU and Ireland pride themselves on having a gold standard of food regulation, any regulatory cooperation or harmonisation can only result in a watering down of that standard.
It is very clear from the drip feed of leaks from these negotiations that the Commission continues to put the interests of big business ahead of citizens.

There can be no doubt that big business views these regulations as a barrier to profit.

Ireland has a significant interest in food production and we should be acutely aware of the consequences of engaging in a 'race to the bottom' and diluting the hard fought for legislation that protects and reassures.

Is it really in Irish farmers, producers and consumer's best interests to have chlorine washed chicken or beef produced with growth hormones on the market?

Do we really want 70% of processed food to contain GMO's as is the case in the US?

EU food regulations were introduced with the aim of protecting human health. It would be unthinkable for the Commission to bow to the will of the powerful business lobby groups under the guise of regulatory cooperation. “

The Irish government must ensure that this does not happen and instead insist that the health and safety of the Irish people is not up for negotiation.

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