Ohio senators urge Obama to protect Ohio meat producers

Administration asked to fight European effort to harm U.S. exports in free trade agreement

Norwalk Reflector

As negotiations continue for the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) with Europe, U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio) urged the Administration to protect Ohio meat producers from a European Union (EU) initiative that would harm U.S. exports.

In order to unfairly promote European meat products, the EU has attempted to restrict American meat producers’ ability to use common names for their products such as bologna, black forest ham, bratwurst, kielbasa, and wiener schnitzel, among others.

“We urge you to continue to push back against the EU’s efforts to restrict our meat exports, particularly to nations with which we already have free trade agreements,” Brown, Portman and their colleagues said. “We urge you to make clear to your EU counterparts that the United States will reject any proposal in TTIP negotiations that would in any way restrict the ability of U.S. producers to use common meat names, such as bologna or black forest ham.”

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