TTIP will legalize cancer-causing chemicals banned by EU, trade union warns

Thursday, June 4, 2015
By Paul Martin

RT.com
June 04, 2015

Britain could be flooded with harmful chemicals currently banned in the European Union if the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal is signed next week, a trade union has warned.

The GMB said chemicals that can cause cancerous tumors, birth defects and development disorders will be allowed in the EU after the controversial trade agreement is signed.

The union’s top health and safety officer expressed concern that TTIP would allow a “downward harmonization of standards” for chemicals currently banned in the EU.

In separate comments, GMB called for the UK to ensure the National Health Service (NHS) is protected from private companies if the trade deal goes ahead.

The European Parliament will vote on TTIP on Wednesday June 10, having already passed a non-binding resolution in favor of the trade agreement last month.

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