Whilst privatisation of the NHS and easy access to EU markets for US suppliers are the highlighted issues surround the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) there is still the major hurdle of different food regulations.....

The highlights:

  • In the US, over 90% of Corn/Soya/Cotton are genetically engineered but in the EU individual states can ban GM foods and they are rarely used.
  • Over 80 pesticides used in the US are banned in Europe.
  • EU bans use of growth-promoting hormones in cattle and pigs but in the US this is standard practice, so US beef can't be sold in the EU.
  • In America chicken is washed with chlorinated water to kill bacteria but washing chicken in the EU banned.

Hopefully this will not be an area politicianscompromise on to reach an agreement.