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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.’’

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.

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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.

Associated Press