A coalition of food and agricultural organizations led by the National Pork Producers Council expressed its support for a free trade agreement between the U.S. and the European Union in a letter sent to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

“Carried out properly, such an agreement would indeed generate economic growth and create many thousands of new jobs on both sides of the Atlantic," said the coalition. “Of course, this would require that the EU be prepared to negotiate and implement the type of high-standard, 21st-century agreement that is central to the [U.S. President Barack Obama] administration’s trade policy efforts."

The coalition also said that EU regulatory measures often conflict with the interests of the U.S. and with World Trade Organization rules, including regulations on “genetically modified” crop approval and labels, which restrict U.S. corn, soy and refined corn product exports and restrictions on production methods in poultry — antimicrobial use — and pork — ractopamine.

Nearly 50 organizations signed the letter to the Trade Representative's office.