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The US allows up to 1500 becquerels (radioactive emissions (shots) per second) per kg (2.2 lbs) of radiation in food, whereas Japan allows “only” 100 becquerels per kg. In other words, the US allows 15 times more radiation in its food than Japan does. Anyone of these radioactive shots can induce damage to the cell eventually leading to cancer, or other radiation related disorders. Ingested plutonium and americium stay in the body with a half-life of around 20 years to 50 years, where they continue to cause damage (bioaccumulative).
Japan has taken Korea before the WTO because Korea doesn’t want Japan’s radioactive food: https://docs.wto.org/dol2fe/Pages/FE_Search/DDFDocuments/133952/q/WT/DS/495-3.pdf Taiwan is joining Korea. They don’t want radioactive food either: https://docs.wto.org/dol2fe/Pages/FE_Search/DDFDocuments/132656/q/WT/DS/495-2.pdf
Canada and Mexico do not want the US to label its meat anymore. No labels means no way to opt out of radioactive Fukushima-Japanese food, unless you grow your own-befriend your local farmer. While you may not eat meat, it will clearly spread to all other foods, if it hasn’t already.
“This WTO Ruling Is Perfect Example of How Big Trade Deals Trump Democracy
NAFTA partners can sue the U.S. for a combined $1 billion annually in retaliatory tariffs over Country of Origin Labels for meat
Published on Monday, December 07, 2015
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
“Republican lawmakers and meat industry lobbyists, now bolstered by the WTO ruling, are working to overturn meat labeling provision that 92 percent of public supports.
In a move that watchdogs say presents a “glaring example of how trade agreements can undermine public interest policies,” the World Trade Organization (WTO) ruled on Monday that the U.S. can be forced to pay $1 billion annually by NAFTA partners for its establishment of food safety laws.
In its decision, the WTO authorized $781 million from Canada and $227 million from Mexico in annual retaliation tariffs over the U.S. law requiring Country of Original Labels (COOL) for certain packaged meats, which food safety and consumer groups say is essential for consumer choice and animal welfare, as well as environmental and public health.
The United States’ North American trading partners argued that being forced to label where animals were born, raised, and slaughtered placed an undue burden on livestock producers and processors and, as AgriPulse reports, “ultimately persuaded the WTO that the law accorded unfavorable treatment to Canadian and Mexican livestock.”
Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, said on Monday that the ruling “makes clear that trade agreements can—and do—threaten even the most favored U.S. consumer protections.”
Citing a May 2015 speech during which U.S. President Barack Obama brushed aside warnings that agreements like NAFTA and the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) could undermine important regulations, Wallach continued: “We hope that President Obama stands by his claim that ‘no trade agreement is going to force us to change our laws,’ but in fact rolling back U.S. consumer and environmental safeguards has been exactly what past presidents have done after previous retrograde trade pact rulings.”
The ruling comes just two weeks after the WTO also ruled that U.S. “dolphin-safe” tuna labeling poses a “technical barrier to trade” that must be eliminated or weakened.
Consumer advocates say that rulings provide a stark warning as Obama attempts to rally congressional support for the 12-nation TPP, which critics warn also compromises food safety by, among other things, limiting inspections on imported foods.
The Republican-led House of Representatives last spring already passed a measure repealing the meat label provision—despite the fact that 92 percent of Americans support the policy.
Now, with the WTO ruling bolstering their case, meat industry lobby groups, including the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, are pushing the rest of Congress to follow suit.
According to AgriPulse, “Sources have indicated that a repeal provision may be attached to either the omnibus spending bill expected to be debated this week or a customs enforcement bill also expected to be considered before Congress is scheduled to adjourn for the year next week.” CC-BY-SA-3.0: http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/12/07/wto-ruling-perfect-example-how-big-trade-deals-trump-democracy (Emphasis our own).
 “Whatever molecular mechanism is envisaged for radiation,…increases in dose simply increase the probability that a given single cell in the tissue will be intersected by an electron track which will have a nonzero probability of inducing a biological effect… Second, given the intimate relationship established between DNA damage response, gene or chromosomal mutations, and cancer development, the form of the dose-response for mutation induction in single cells should be broadly informative for cancer initiation.” (BEIR VII, 2006, p.245)