We won't drop food and safety standards for TTIP, Andriukaitis tells MEPs

Vytenis Andriukaitis, Commissioner-designate for Health and Food Safety, told MEPs today (30 September) during his confirmation hearing that the EU would not lower its safety standards as result of negotiations over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

MEPs expressed concern the EU would loosen its rules on, for example, the use of hormones or antibiotics in livestock and of chlorine baths for poultry because of the EU-US trade talks. These rules currently limit or even ban some US exports to the Union.

“As a doctor, I will say no to any attempt to lower EU standards. One cannot compromise on that. These standards shall not be sacrificed for free trade. The high EU standards have also facilitated our global exports,” Andriukaitis said.

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