Further cause to suspect that the TTIP negotiations favour larger corporate food interests
German newspapers are reporting that the Nürnberger Rostbratwurst, a small grilled sausage from Nuremburg in Bavaria, is becoming the latest symbol of German resistance to the transatlantic trade deal being negotiated between the EU and the US. Production of the finger-sized sausage, subject to strict local regulation, has maintained high quality standards since the 14th century. Read more here.
Concern was provoked by a remark made by Christian Schmidt, Germany’s agriculture minister, an interview with Der Spiegel:
“If we want to seize the opportunities of free trade with the enormous American market then we can’t carry on protecting every sausage and cheese speciality.”
Anne Vollmer, spokeswoman for the BVE, a lobby group for the German food and drink industry, said: “Regional specialities must remain regional specialities. We don’t want Nürnberger Rostbratwurst from Kentucky, and Tennessee whiskey from Baden Baden. The seal stands for a designated quality and a designated expertise.”
Other protected products are Kölsch, Bavarian pretzels, Hessian cider, Swabian ravioli, Allgaeu Emmenthal and Limburger cheese.
Will the protection of regional food brands be sacrificed to globalisation?
Schmidt’s comments increase suspicions that the TTIP negotiations favour larger corporate interests over consumer protection and Mittelstand or smaller food producers.
Daniel Rosario, spokesman for the EU, commented: “On the EU side, we have made clear to our American counterparts that geographical indications are one of our main priorities and we have not agreed and will not agree to reduce the protection of our geographical indications in Europe”
Posted on January 8, 2015, in Conflict of interest, Corporate political nexus, Democracy undermined, Economy, Environment, EU, Government, Health, Planning, Vested interests and tagged American market, Christian Schmidt German agriculture minister, Nürnberger Rostbratwurst, regional food brands, TTIP. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.