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Official impact assessment: TTIP COULD DAMAGE PUBLIC HEALTH

The controversial Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) being negotiated between the EU and USA will have negative effects on public health, jobs and the climate, according to the official impact assessment published on May 13.

The impact assessment warns that TTIP will lead to increased levels of diet-related diseases such as obesity and diabetes as a result of increased consumption of unhealthy foods such as soft drinks and processed foods that contain high degrees of salt and fat. TTIP also jeopardises attempts to curb the negative effects of alcohol and tobacco consumption in Europe, according to the report, as lower-cost US imports will lead to increased levels of cancer and stroke.

“Regarding “unhealthy commodities (tobacco, alcohol, sugars)” we found that tariff liberalisation could lead to increased consumption of ”unhealthy commodities since this may have a price reducing effect. This effect could potentially put the UN Sustainable Development Goal; the human right to health (Art. 12, ICESCR, Art. 11 ESC) at risk,” concludes the report.

The report also states that government capacities should´nt be undermined. “In cases where tariff removal would reduce trade costs of and stimulate trade in products that may be harmful to people’s health (e.g. cigarettes, alcohol, fast food), it is important that TTIP does not circumvent government capacities to take (regulatory) measures to uphold their international human rights obligations when being faced (potentially) by these effects.”

Read the full report: Trade SIA on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and the USA