Food Safety, Agriculture and Regulatory Cooperation in the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, released by War on Want and European and Canadian allies, outlines the regulatory differences between Canada and the EU that could jeopardise European food safety and production standards. European farmers, who have been struggling as farm prices crash, will also have to compete with Canadian agribusiness imports, resulting in a profound threat to jobs.
The report details many areas where Canada’s regulations are much weaker than the EU’s, including genetically modified foods, pesticides, food dyes, chlorinated chicken and hormones. Canada is the third-largest producer of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the world, and recently approved the sale of genetically modified salmon. It also does not recognise the precautionary principle.