A South West MEP has warned that not only is one of the region’s most famous foods under threat from a new trade deal, but also the quality of food, animal welfare standards and environmental regulations that go with it.
Molly Scott Cato, Green MEP for the South West, was responding to a warning from the German agriculture minister that the Cornish pasty is one of many regional specialties in the UK and across Europe threatened by the controversial TTIP trade deal between the EU and US. Molly Scott Cato said:
“The Cornish pasty is one of many iconic British food products that currently enjoy special regional protection. But under TTIP such protected status is likely to be dropped and threatened by a flood of American imitations.”
However, Dr Scott Cato believes an even greater threat comes from the prospect of ‘harmonisation’ under the TTIP deal. This would mean common standards on food quality, animal welfare and environmental regulations. Dr Scott Cato said:
“We should be far more worried about what might lurk inside our pasty if TTIP is agreed. Beef from intensively reared livestock, treated with growth hormones and genetically modified potatoes  could find their way into our pasties, not to mention the lower animal welfare and environmental standards so prevalent in the US.”
Molly Scott Cato concluded: “Distinctive and high quality foods are vital to our regional economy and support thousands of jobs. It is clear that TTIP threatens all this. So there are very good reasons why Greens in the European Parliament are at the forefront in opposing this toxic trade deal.”