European Groups Fear US Trade Pact Could Lower Standards

Law360, New York (November 12, 2013, 10:22 PM EST) -- European consumer watchdog groups on Tuesday warned that a proposed free-trade deal between the United States and the European Union could weaken environmental, food-safety and other regulations, and said spurring trade on both sides of the Atlantic shouldn't be reached at the expense of critical standards.

The advocacy groups said the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership — designed to reduce nontariff trade barriers between the U.S. and the 28-nation bloc — held out the promise of greater consumer choice and heightened cooperation between the trading partners...
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