Angry MEPs demand TTIP concessions

Scottish Alyn Smith MEP has reacted angrily to reports of confidential free trade documents that show, at the request of the US authorities, that the European Commission wants all chicken carcasses to be cleaned with a chemical solution of peracetic acid as already takes place in the USA.

The Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a proposed free trade agreement between the European Union and the United States. Alyn, Scotland’s sole voice on the European Parliament’s Agriculture Committee, has previously lobbied to exempt agriculture entirely from the negotiations.

Alyn said:

“Although my amendment to exempt all agricultural products from TTIP was rejected by the Agriculture Committee, our report demanded EU standards were maintained and today's report shows very clearly that our demand is being ignored by the Commission.

“I’ve said it all along: I have no problem with streamlining and harmonising genuinely technical procedures which put unnecessary barriers in the way of trade, but our food safety standards must not be sacrificed.

“My constituents made it clear to me that they do not want chemical-rinsed chicken on our plates. I have no doubt that they will be furious at this latest bit of news, and it doesn’t bode well for the Commission winning MEPs over in time for the final TTIP vote.”

Fellow MEP Marc Tarabella added:

“Soaking chicken in acid solutions is one more concession to the US, which makes widespread use of chemical rinsing in its chicken factories.”