The reason our food safety has been gutted is simple.
The Trade Act of 2002 (FAST TRACK) (Pub.L. 107-210; 116 Stat. 933; 19 U.S.C. Â§ 3803-3805; also called the U.S. Trade Promotion Authority Act) grants the President of the United States the authority to negotiate trade deals with other countries and gives Congress the approval to only vote up or down on the agreement, not to amend it.
Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) for China
Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) was signed into law on May 24, 2000 (H.R. 4444). The granting of Permanent Normal Trading Relations with China allowed for unconditional, unlimited, permanent access for Chinese-made goods into the U.S. market and an end to the annual review of Chinaâ€™s trade status. The annual review granted China â€œMost Favored Nationâ€ status, and drew attention to human rights abuses by requiring a new discussion each year. In addition, this new status paved the way for Chinaâ€™s entry into the WTO. http://www.citizenstrade.org/pntr.php