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Europeans fear risky US products

BRUSSELS — European consumer groups are worried about the effects of a proposed trade deal with the United States, fearing a flood of risky or unsafe foodstuffs, medicines, and other imports.

Monique Goyens, director general of the European Consumer Organization, said that ‘‘this agreement has the potential, in a negative sense, of changing consumer safety and consumer protection rules.’’

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US and European Union representatives have resumed negotiations on a proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. Under it, products authorized for sale in America might gain automatic access to EU markets, and vice versa.

Goyens and leaders of other European citizens associations say that would jeopardize the well-being of Europeans while short-circuiting EU health and safety standards, which Monika Kosinska, the director of the European Public Health Alliance, called the world’s most stringent.

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