US demands could have negative impact on our health – Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has voiced serious concerns after EU plans to regulate hormone-damaging chemicals found in pesticides were dropped as a result of US pressure.

Ms Anderson said:

“The proposed EU regulations that would have banned 31 pesticides containing endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) that have been linked to testicular cancer and male infertility were dropped earlier this year due to US pressure.

“This is an example of the influence that the US could have on critical areas of our lives if the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) free trade and investment deal being negotiated between the EU and the USA goes ahead without due diligence for the safety of EU citizens. 

“TTIP will see the establishment of a Regulatory Convergence Body comprised of representatives of the unelected European Commission, US Federal Agencies and senior regulators to monitor the implementation of regulatory co-operation measures.

“Leaked documents about this body suggest that the EU will be obliged to inform the US if it plans to introduce any regulation, which could impact on international trade or investment agreements.

“It is unacceptable that EU legislators would be expected to accept and justify proposed legislation that could negatively impact on citizens health and well-being on the basis of appeasement of vested foreign interests. 

“Given that US pressure has resulted in the EU abandoning proposed regulations to ban 31 pesticides that cause health risks raises grave concerns about the influence of the US on the EU Commission”