EURACTIV reports that US trade talks with the European Union and Britain have stalled in part due to suspicions of poor American food standards, Washington’s chief negotiator said Wednesday (17 June).
“I think there’s a desire to make things work through, but for whatever reason we haven’t made much headway,” US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer told lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
“There is a sense in Europe, which I think is shared – hopefully not as deeply with (Britain) as it is with Europe – that American food is unsafe.”
He dismissed the worries as “thinly veiled protectionism.”
These are “very difficult issues with Europe and they will be very difficult issues with the United Kingdom. Also I’m hopeful … that we’ll work our way through them.”