Last week Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack indicated that Sanitary and Phyto Sanitary standards are delaying negotiations over the Trans Atlantic Free Trade Agreement between the United States and European Union. National Pork Producers Council President Dr. Howard Hill says the E.U. has an unrealistic precautionary principle they follow over sanitary and phyto sanitary standards where they want no risk at all in products traded.
The technology Hill’s referring to are things like the feed additive ractompamine in pork and beef and bio technology in crops. He expects negotiations over the Trans Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Act to take years to complete.
E.U. and U.S. negotiators are expected to meet in Virginia this month starting on the 19th and running through the 23rd. for another round of discussions.