ref date:23 Mar 1999 (EU)
USA tries to muscle hormone ridden beef into European Union
The European Union supports an army of biotechnological and animal sciences
researchers who pushed long and hard to have growth hormones strictly controlled
lest it get into the human food chain.
The United states, with its USDA and FDA rules has seen fit to try and
say these scientists do not know what they are talking about when they (the
Europeans) say that the hormones should NOT be eaten by humans.
This is typical American arrogance. They have many good scientists, world
class in fact, but the 'beef lobby' in the USA has PAID Washington off
to try and push hormone laden beef into the European Union.
This is unacceptable. Time the EU retaliated and hit the USA where it hurts most,
in its technological centre - the INTEL spy-as-you-go Pentium III, with
its built in US government spying circuitry would be a good target.
Americans must realise that they are only a market of 250 million whereas
Western Europe is almost 500 million.
Nick Kuenssberg, chairman of the Institute of Directors Scotland has asked the World
Trade Organisation to help remedy this situation quickly:
He said: "Clearly any US reaction like this is of major concern to us. We are meant to be living in a world of free trade so it's very
unfortunate when a major player like America uses its muscle to impact on small, niche players."