Oct 2015- Ottawa: Canadian farmers protesting aspects of the TPP trade deal in front of Parliament. In addition to other concerns about their livlihood threatened by the deal, They say the trade deal would allow US milk treated with hormones into the Canadian dairy supply system.

Oct 2015- Ottawa: Canadian farmers protesting aspects of the TPP trade deal in front of Parliament. In addition to other concerns about their livelihood threatened by the deal, They say the trade deal would allow US milk treated with hormones into the Canadian dairy supply system.

Former Health Canada scientist against trade deals.


Canadian Shiv Chopra recently returned from the Hague where a mock international tribunal, and parallel “People’s Assembly”, were discussing if the multi-national bio-tech and chemical giant Monsanto, can be held accountable under human rights laws.

Micro-biologist and veterinarian, for over three decades Chopra was a senior scientific advisor at Health Canada, His job as a regulator was to analyze evidence as to whether to allow or disallow certain chemicals or technologies in food products in Canada.

He is now concerned that potentially dangerous drugs, hormones, etc., in food will be allowed into Canada under aspects of international trade deals like CETA and TPP which he says would override Canadian food safety rules.

Shiv Chopra (PhD) former senior scientific advisor at Health Canada.
Shiv Chopra (PhD) former senior scientific advisor at Health Canada. © supplied

Unlike many who are concerned about the various hormones, antibiotics, chemicals, and GM technologies that are being used in food sources, whether animals or crops, Chopra is able to give insight into the regulatory side of the process.

He says people arguing against giant companies like Monsanto and Bayer (awaiting approval to merge) are aiming at the wrong target.

As a government scientist, he says the multi-nationals couldn’t directly influence his decisions, but they could and allegedly do influence governments. He says it is the governments which in turn pressure scientists to approve potentially, and even known to be dangerous, drugs, processes, or technologies in food production.

Chopra has written about his experiences as a food safety regulator in a 350 page memoir called, Corrupt to the Core – Memoirs of a Health Canada Whistleblower. In it Chopra reports what happened in the 1990s at Health Canada regarding approval of  Bayer’s “Baytril”, an antibiotic used as a growth promoter in food producing animals. The drug was found to cause bacterial resistance in animals putting people eating those animals at risk, and exacerbating the growing concern over resistant ‘superbug’ bacteria. He was told that only one person in a million would die as a result, but he said, that one person was too many, and he would not sign his approval.

This is similar to the case with rGBH, a synthetic growth hormone that promotes milk production in dairy cows. It is a questionable drug in terms of its effects on humans, but is known to cause greater infections in cows, requiring more antibiotic use, in turn increasing concern over creating antibiotic resistance in bacteria.

YouTube video by the Canadian Council on Food Sovereignty and Health (food advocacy group)

In a similar Gaps Analysis Report of 1998 Chopra indicated why he and fellow Health Canada scientists refused to approve controversial bovine growth hormone (rBST) for use in Canada and how a Health Canada File Manager kept human safety data on rBST from scientists and regulators. His October 2000 Roadblocks Report on the Human Safety Approval of Baytril  account of the pressures put by Health Canada managers on scientists and regulators to pass unsafe drugs for use in food-producing animals

In a press release, Chopra said, ““There are two kinds of science today, one for the public good, or public interest and the other for the corporate interest.”  He feels these huge international trade deals like NAFTA, CETA, TPP and so on are for the benefit of the latter.

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5 comments on “Former Health Canada scientist against trade deals.
  1. Avatar Kensky says:

    Monsanto is only one of many Corporations who have managed to manipulate and bribe government officials to try and command and control the food system and in turn toxify it.

    The real culprits in this scenario are the government regulators. Most countries have a mandate to protect the health and safety of the people and their food supply. The problem is the Health Officials and leaders are breaking the law and allowing these chemical companies to toxify and monopolize everyone’s food. It is time for the public to demand that their governments obey the law and protect our safety by banning 5 things that would make all our food organic. The products to ban are:
    Antibiotics, Hormones, Animal waste fed to animals, GMOs and Pesticides.

    Three cheers for regulator Dr. Shiv Chopra for speaking out on an issue that affects us all.
    Kensky, Editor, Digileak Canada

  2. Avatar James Vandenblink says:

    Still wondering what it took to cause Ms. Freeland to
    turn 180 degrees?
    We don’t stand a chance against Canada’s two major parties!

  3. Avatar Gerrit Jonker says:

    You can help pressure government to do the right thing by signing petitions put forth by the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN).

  4. Avatar Gerrit Jonker says:

    You can help pressure government on issues like this by signing the petitions that are put out by the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN).

  5. Avatar Shiv Chopra says:

    What’s happening in Canada is horrible for public health and farmer livelihoods. Unless this is corrected by the current government under, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Canada is in dire trouble.