The eleventh round of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations will take place in Miami, Florida from October 19 - 23, 2015. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative will host a stakeholder forum to provide an update on negotiations and solicit input and feedback from interested stakeholders, as well as a press conference on Friday 23 October to discuss outcomes from the negotiations.
European Commission: TTIP will fully uphold food safety standards and the way the EU sets them.
President Obama: one of the major objectives for the US is the elimination of food standards ‘not based on science’
GM crops are strictly regulated in the EU, while a number of EU directives prohibit the importation and sale of meat treated with certain growth hormones and chicken washed with chlorine. The US has disputed these rules at the WTO; the EU has argued that the restrictions are necessary for the protection of human health, while the US has called the bans ‘unscientific’, and part of a protectionist strategy to shut US farms out of EU markets.
The Commission has offered assurances that EU regulations on GM and hormones are not up for negotiation (changes to these would have to separately be approved by Council and the European Parliament), while the negotiating mandate states that any agreement must recognise ‘the right for the Parties to appraise and manage risk in accordance with the level of protection that each side deems appropriate’