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Call for US deal to maintain precautionary principle

MEPs have asked the European Commission to exclude five areas from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, including genetically modified crops and chemicals regulation, to maintain the EU's precautionary approach to regulation.

On 14 April, the European Parliament’s committee on environment, public health and food safety voted in favour of excluding the EU chemical regulation Reach and GMOs, as well as public health services, the use of hormones in bovine production and animal cloning.

The ENVI report, which received 58 votes in favour, 8 against and 2 abstentions, said that there is a “degree of divergence” between the EU and US regulations regarding health and environment that needs to be protected under any future TTIP agreement.

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