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Monday, 10 October 2016

Canada and Mexico screwing the US over under NAFTA

Canada and Mexico screwing the US over under NAFTA -- just wait until TPP!
I make no apologies for this 20-yr anniversary review of NAFTA and how it guts the US economy being 35 pages long -- it will hurt those who don't read but is not intended to do so ...

I guess some Canadian wholesalers are sending the US engine parts marked as meat. Whodathunkit?

Page 16 of "NAFTA’s 20-Year Legacy and the Fate of the Trans-Pacific Partnership" ...

The post-NAFTA safety problems with meat imported from Canada under the equivalence program led to a series of congressional hearings, but no termination of the equivalence determination. Veteran USDA border meat inspector William Lehman, who testified to Congress as a whistleblower after having been fired for raising concerns about meat safety, highlighted ingesta, fecal and hair contamination, dirty carcasses, and boxes of meat that also contained oily engine parts as among the safety threats posed by imported Canadian meat.

Lehman’s main complaint was the overall deterioration of meat safety under the new procedures, which forbade him from thoroughly inspecting meat products entering the United States even as his spot check identified serious threats that called into question the underlying safety standards for the imported meat.96 Despite the clear threats to public health, under NAFTA U.S. consumers are eating increasing quantities of meat imported from Mexico and Canada. For instance, combined U.S. beef imports from both countries have risen 133 percent since NAFTA took effect – Americans now consume more than $1.3 billion worth of imported NAFTA beef each year.