TTIP could force Germany to abolish plans for labelling of GMO-fed animal products
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Germany: T-TIP could force Germany to abolish plans for GMO labeling
USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, 9 Dec 2014
According to the German parliament's scientific service, T-TIP could force Germany to abolish its plans for labeling for food from animals fed with GMO feed. The German government advocates EU mandatory labeling of products derived from animals fed with genetically modified plants (such as U.S. soybeans) in their coalition agreement.
A confidential advisory report by the by the German parliament’s scientific service concluded that T-TIP could force Germany to abolish its plans for labeling for food from animals fed with GMO feed. The confidential advisory opinion was leaked to Spiegel Online and published on Spiegel Online on November 14, 2014. The German government advocates EU mandatory labeling of products derived from animals fed with genetically modified plants (such as U.S. soybeans) in their coalition agreement.
According to Spiegel Online, the Scientific Service of the German parliament said that if the EU, after the ratification of T-TIP, required companies to label meat, milk, or cheese from animals that were fed genetically modified organisms, and then there would be a risk of "U.S. and Canadian companies lodging complaints against the EU". New labelling requirements could be seen as new non-tariff barriers to trade by the U.S.A. and Canada. The Scientific Service wrote further that the labelling could "collide” with the international commitments of the EU and its member states in the framework of T-TIP and CETA.
Spiegel Online added that the current EU rules are problematic for the U.S. and that the U.S. already complained years ago about the labelling of GMO foods....