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Joint Canada-U.S. food safety idea floated during NAFTA talks

Timed to coincide with the third round of talks over renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, two Canadian think tanks are suggesting NAFTA 2.0 should include a bilateral food protection system. The Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI) and the Canada Institute of the Wilson Center have teamed up to promote “new thinking” about… Continue Reading

Country-of-origin labeling has no place in NAFTA 2.0

Opinion

In public policy, as in life, learning from past mistakes is a cardinal rule for success. That is why it was disappointing to see Thomas Gremillion from the Consumer Federation of America advocate for the reinstatement of mandatory country-of-origin labelling (MCOOL) for beef and pork in a recent guest opinion column on the Food Safety News website. Fore… Continue Reading

Americans have a right to know: Where’s the beef — from?

Opinion

This week marks the beginning of formal talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, an agreement President Donald Trump has called the “worst deal in history.” To make it a better deal, his Administration released a set of negotiating objectives last month, but they ignored the most outrageous example of how American consumers… Continue Reading

Dairy industry seeks Trump’s help with Canada under NAFTA

U.S. dairy organizations and the state departments of agriculture across the country turned to President-elect Donald Trump Wednesday to combat Canada’s existing and soon-to-be-expanded protectionist policies designed to block imports from the United States. They say the policies are in direct violation of Canada’s trade commitments under the North American Free Trade Act (NAFTA) and the… Continue Reading

Will Trump decide that COOL is ‘best for America’?

As a surrogate speaker this past August for then-candidate Donald J. Trump, former Ohio Republican Congressman Bob McEwen gave a fiery speech to a gathering of independent activist cattlemen from 18 states gathered at the Little America Hotel in Cheyenne, WY. He passionately argued for property rights and small business, picking up bursts of applause… Continue Reading

Leaked Trade Deal Chapter Fails to Shed Much Light on Food Safety Concerns

Last week, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy leaked a draft chapter of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) currently being negotiated between the United States and the European Union. The chapter proposed by the European Commission in June concerns Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) issues with food safety and animal and plant health. “This leaked… Continue Reading

Critics Say Food Safety Standards Could Be Threatened by U.S./EU Trade Agreement

Some call it the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) agreement. Others call it the Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA). Either way, it’s the trade deal currently under negotiation between the U.S. and the European Union (EU) for which the fifth round of talks start next week in Arlington, VA. While proponents of the agreement… Continue Reading

‘Dolphin Safe’ Tuna Decision Muddled

Mexico claims to have won a World Trade Organization ruling on “Dolphin Safe” labels where the objectives of the United States were found to be legitimate, just maybe not applicable worldwide. Any countries harvesting tuna in the Pacific Ocean from Southern California to Peru and out almost to Hawaii could qualify for the “Dolphin Safe”… Continue Reading