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The hidden costs of trade treaties

29-May-2015 Zeit The free trade treaties with Canada (CETA) and the United States (TTIP) are not threatening European standards, the negotiators in Brussels assure us. Yet environmental and food safety regulations have already been weakened.

  • 8-Jun-2012 CNA
    Activists protest at AIT over US beef import row

    Activists demonstrated at the American Institute in Taiwan Friday to protest what they called Washington’s highhanded attitude in forcing Taiwan to open its doors to US beef containting residue of the leanness-enhancing drug ractopamine.

  • 1-Jun-2012 CNA
    TIFA talks may resume by year end if beef row ends: official

    Vice Economics Minister Francis Liang said Thursday if Taiwan can resolve its beef dispute with the United States, the two sides will be able to resume talks this year under the bilateral Trade and Investment Framework Agreement.

  • 31-May-2012 Taipei Times
    AIT denies tying beef to TIFA, visa waiver

    The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday denied that the AIT was “menacing” Taiwan, as the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) put it, by tying a resumption of trade talks under the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) to the US beef issue.

  • 29-May-2012 Korea Times
    Mad cows and sheepish responses

    This is a response to the irrational passivity in Korean policy after BSE-tainted U.S. beef was found in California and the Seoul government failed to take strong enough action on beef imports.

  • 2-May-2012
    Aprovechamiento sanitario del TLC

    Al interior del TLC, los asuntos sanitarios tienen, como el yin y el yang de antiguas religiones agrarias del Lejano Oriente, dos asuntos de importancia: la explotación inteligente de las nuevas oportunidades comerciales que ofrece el TLC y el fortalecimiento sanitario nacional.

  • 25-Apr-2012 NZ Herald
    Mad-cow scare stalls US beef sales in Sth Korea

    South Korean agriculture officials are considering whether to formally suspend delivery of US beef to stores by halting quarantine inspections, preventing it from clearing customs.

  • 5-Mar-2012 Taipei Times
    ANALYSIS: Academics lambaste US’ ractopamine safety data

    Local experts in hygiene and veterinary medicine have urged the US to squarely face the challenges posed by the scientific evidence on which it has based its contention that US beef containing the lean meat-enhancing feed additive ractopamine is safe for human consumption, before it presses Taiwan to handle the issue scientifically.

  • 24-Feb-2012 CNA
    Pig farmers plan protest against US beef on March 8

    Some 20,000 pig farmers will take to the streets of Taipei on March 8 to protest against any move to lift the bans on imports of US beef that contain residues of feed additive ractopamine

  • 20-Feb-2012 CNA
    Taiwan urged to follow chewing gum example in addressing beef issue

    A Singaporean academic suggested Sunday that Taiwan follow Singapore’s approach to a sticky controversy with the United States over a chewing gum ban as it grapples with a dispute over imports of US beef.

  • 16-Feb-2012 CNA
    Major hypermarkets trying to deal with US beef issue

    Four major hypermarkets in Taiwan have been making efforts to reassure consumers about the safety of their beef products, amid speculations that Taiwan may be preparing to lift its ban on US beef imports that contain residues of the feed additive ractopamine in order to facilitate trade talks

  • 10-Feb-2012 CNA
    Group vows to protest if ban on ractopamine lifted

    An association of hog growers threatened Friday to mobilize its members in protest outside the Presidential Office if the government buckles under pressure and allows the entry of US beef imports containing a banned leanness-enhancing drug.

  • 5-Nov-2011 Dow Jones
    Argentina readies corn exports to China

    Argentina hopes to start exporting corn to China in a few months but is still finalizing details of a bilateral market access agreement, a senior Argentinian official said Thursday.

  • 24-Oct-2011 East African
    Kenya walking tightrope on EPAs talks

    The outcome of the Economic Partnership Agreement negotiations scheduled for December will determine the future of trade between the East African Community bloc and European Union.

  • 16-Sep-2011 CNA
    Beef issue pivotal to resumption of TIFA talks: US official

    A visiting high-ranking US official said Thursday that Taiwan’s ban on the importation of specific American beef products is a challenging issue that needs to be addressed before talks can resume over the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) between the two sides.

  • 10-Jul-2011 Taipei Times
    Officials indicate ractopamine ban remains in place

    Taiwan is in no hurry to lift the ban on a lean growth-enhancing agent, the cause of a major trade dispute with the US, as the international food standards setting body again failed to advance maximum residue limits (MRLs) for the additive, government officials said yesterday.

  • 13-Apr-2011 CNA
    Beef issues affect US-Taiwan free trade talks: U.S. official

    The lingering beef dispute was why Taiwan has been unable to hold a new round of high-level trade talks with the United States and why it has lost congressional support for the negotiation, according to a US official Tuesday.

  • 19-Mar-2011 Taipei Times
    US ties visa waivers to progress on beef exports to Taiwan

    Taiwan has been informed that the import ban on US beef products containing ractopamine residue could have repercussions for the nation’s long-standing request to be included in the US visa-waiver program

  • 7-Mar-2011 CNA
    Taiwan, US at odds on beef issue

    The Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) talks were postponed by the United States in January after Taiwan blocked some shipments of US beef upon finding that they contained residue of ractopamine, an animal feed additive banned in Taiwan

  • 24-Jan-2011 Taeipei Times
    TIFA talks shelved over beef dispute

    The US has decided to postpone a trade meeting with Taiwan later this month amid a dispute over US beef, the Central News Agency reported yesterday, citing unnamed Taiwanese officials.

  • 20-Jan-2011 Korea Times
    FMD ― a manmade disaster

    Free trade agreements aggravate the animal pandemic further by preventing one country from rooting it out fundamentally because of mandatory import and consumption of foreign meat products.

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