Briefing: EU-US trade deal: A bumper crop for ‘big food’?

17 October 2013

The drive for 'regulatory coherence' in the transatlantic trade talks risks pushing food and farming standards down in the US and EU. Big food and biotech companies are pushing to eliminate EU restrictions on genetically modified (GM) foods and food additives, challenge food labelling laws which they think are barriers to trade, and undermine the EU's use of the 'precautionary principle' in setting food safety standards.