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  • 29-Nov-2008 Taiwan News
    US senators write to Taiwan President Ma over meat trade issue

    Two influential American senators have written to Republic of China President Ma Ying-jeou expressing "deep concern" about what they describe as "continued Taiwanese barriers to US agricultural products." Taiwan allows only imports of US boneless beef from cattle under 30 months of age because of concerns about bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) or mad cow disease.

  • 8-Oct-2008 The Star
    Food safety, free trade and the election

    What does food safety have to do with free trade? A great deal, argues Common Frontiers, a Canadian group critical of the trend towards economic integration — harmonization, as it’s politely put — of standards under the North American Free Trade Agreement.

  • 25-Sep-2008 Scoop
    Toxic food crisis outcome of free trade policies

    The Fonterra scandal in China has evolved into a major food crisis. "We are seeing the reality of free trade in action, the negatives that have been concealed by the greed and arrogance of Government and private business interests," says the New Zealand Alliance Party

  • 17-Sep-2008 EX online
    EU “abusa” de México por dependencia económica

    Recordó que desde que inició el Tratado de Libre Comercio con América del Norte (TLCAN), ha aumentado nuestra dependencia alimentaria en casi 50% con EU

  • 15-Sep-2008 Epoch Times
    Fonterra caught in China milk powder scandal

    New Zealand’s dairy giant Fonterra is caught up in the latest food scandal in China as the contaminated milk powder crisis reveals weeks of delay before the public was informed. NZ Green Party co-leader Russel Norman said “We signed up for a free trade agreement with no rules around environment or health, and so we are exposing ourselves and our companies to these types of scandals.”

  • 26-Aug-2008 RECALCA y el Comité Colombia de Lucha contra el ALCA
    Uribe persigue a comercializadores de leche cruda para cumplir exigencias del TLC

    Como todos los géneros agropecuarios, que constituyen la dieta alimentaria básica de los colombianos, la leche fue entregada por el gobierno en las negociaciones del TLC con EEUU

  • 18-Aug-2008 AP
    S. Korean police arrest 157 at anti-US beef rally

    South Korean police arrested nearly 160 people at a rally in Seoul Friday night opposing the resumption of US beef imports. It was Korean activists’ 100th major demonstration against the beef deal.

  • 9-Aug-2008 DN!
    South Koreans fill streets of Seoul to continue protest sgainst US beef imports

    For the past two months, protesters have been filling the streets of Seoul condemning a decision to lift a ban on imported beef from the United States. We speak with Michael Hansen, senior scientist for Consumers Union.

  • 7-Aug-2008 KCTU
    Calling for solidarity - Lee Myung-bak government repression against the KCTU and Fundamental Trade Union Rights

    When KCTU called for general strike on July 2nd, renegotiation of the April 18 Protocol on US beef import to reflect food safety concerns was declared as one of priorities of strike aims. The Ministry of Labor and prosecutor explained that this was the main reason that it was illegal. This is a repetition of the South Korean government’s very narrow interpretation that the only legal aims of strikes be related to wages and working conditions.

  • 29-Jul-2008 TMCnet
    Thailand urged to be a standards leader

    Thailand is being urged to upgrade itself as the leader in determining safety standards and relevant laws on food and agricultural products in order to surmount business challenges arising from free trade area agreements.

  • 21-Jul-2008 AFP
    SKorea health workers threaten strike over US beef, wages

    South Korean hospital workers on Monday threatened to strike this week to press demands including a ban on the use of US beef for patients’ meals.

  • 19-Jul-2008 AFL-CIO Now blog
    Tomatoes or children?

    It is gratifying that our government will go to such lengths to stamp out a dangerous bacterium. It is less encouraging to know that the inspectors were not looking at massive labor rights violations, especially the systematic employment of young children in hazardous conditions, which have existed in the tomato industry for decades.

  • 15-Jul-2008 Korea Times
    S. Korean activists petition UN over beef protest clampdown

    South Korean activists Monday sent a petition to the United Nations, asking the international organization to admonish their government for its hardline crackdown on street protests over US beef imports.

  • 11-Jul-2008 FPIF
    Mad cows, mad people

    Through the prism of beef, Koreans confront the limitations of key contemporary institutions: democracy, capitalism, and nationalism.

  • 11-Jul-2008 Stuff
    Threat to plans for trade pact

    Indonesia’s ban on New Zealand beef could threaten plans to sign a lucrative free-trade pact with South-east Asian nations this year, industry officials say.

  • 11-Jul-2008
    Mass movement halts the neo-liberal bulldozer

    No one is sure how successful the movement will be in stopping the importation of American beef into Korea but it has certainly fractured the seemingly monolithic aura of President Lee and his neo-liberal bulldozer and will perhaps spark a new generation of class struggle in South Korea.

  • 10-Jul-2008 Business Week
    Hyundai workers strike over US beef

    Workers at Hyundai Motor Co. staged a partial strike Thursday over stalled annual wage negotiations with management and the resumption of US beef imports.

  • 10-Jul-2008 Invertia
    EE.UU. negó el ingreso de productos guatemaltecos por violaciones sanitarias

    La edición electrónica del diario local Prensa Libre señaló que la Administración de Medicinas y Alimentos de Estados Unidos (FDA, por su sigla en inglés) impidió el ingreso de los productos guatemaltecos por incumplir con las normas sanitarias contenidas en el Tratado de Libre Comercio (TLC) suscrito entre ese país y Centroamérica

  • 8-Jul-2008 L’Humanité
    Vaste mobilisation sud-coréenne

    Le lien entre « la crise du boeuf » et les accords de libre-échange est évident. « À travers l’un, nous luttons contre l’autre, explique-t-on. Même si c’est un lien que ne font pas tous ceux qui descendent dans la rue aujourd’hui. Notre mouvement exige la rectification des accords conclus en avril de l’an dernier. Ceux-ci concernent durablement la vie de tous les citoyens, les paysans en premier lieu. »

  • 5-Jul-2008 AFP
    SKorean activists prepare ’million-strong’ US beef rallies

    South Korean activists Saturday promised to draw one million protesters nationwide in the biggest anti-US beef rallies so far

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