EU consumer groups wary of trade accord with US

BRUSSELS (AP) European consumer groups are worried about the effects of a proposed trade deal with the U.S., fearing a flood of risky or unsafe foodstuffs, medicines and other imports from America.

Monique Goyens, director general of The European Consumer Organization, said Tuesday "this agreement has the potential in a negative sense of changing consumer safety and consumer protection rules."

U.S. and European Union representatives have resumed negotiations on the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. Under it, products authorized for sale in America might gain automatic access to EU markets, and vice versa.

Goyens and leaders of other European citizens associations say that would jeopardize the wellbeing of Europeans and short-circuit EU health and safety standards, which Monika Kosinska, director of the European Public Health Alliance, called the world's most stringent.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

© Copyright 2014, APN New Zealand Limited

Assembled by: (static) on red akl_a4 at 31 Aug 2014 09:48:57 Processing Time: 808ms