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EU-US trade treaty threatens vital health gains, warn public health experts

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 13 March 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1438
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

Public health experts across Europe have sounded a new warning over the threat to people’s health that a new trade deal between the European Union and the United States would pose.

In a joint statement 71 public health organisations from 41 European countries have condemned the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). They said it would undermine public services, entrench inequality, and introduce measures that could lower vital standards on health and consumer safety to “dangerous levels.”

The UK Faculty of Public Health and the European Public Health Association urged the EU to scrap the deal. Martin McKee, the association’s president, said, “We are calling on the European Union to put health before profit and reject TTIP. We need healthy communities for economic growth.”

Negotiations are under way between the US …

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