Farming minister Michelle O'Neill says the beef industry in Northern Ireland would "suffer significantly" if a major trade deal between the EU and US gets the green light.
Documents reveal concerns from Ms O'Neill, who is Minister of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, over how to deal with the issue, according to The Detail.
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a trade agreement, which is being discussed between the EU and US.
Speaking about TTIP she said: "Various pieces of research, including research that I have commissioned locally, indicates clearly that the beef sector would suffer significantly from the type of changes an ambitious TTIP deal could bring."
An internal Department of Agriculture briefing document from November 2015 states: “A deal would likely see both the EU and the US increase exports of agricultural products to each other (consequently, imports would rise for both).
"However, the net impact would likely to be in favour of US farmers (especially in beef)...”
Leaders of almost every major political party in the United Kingdom have signed an appeal not to allow a transatlantic trade deal known as TTIP become the Trojan horse that allows US business interests to take over the NHS.
It’s wonderful that we have a new European Commission coming in, especially one that is avowedly committed to greater transparency about the revolving door between EU politics and big business.
The European Commission has been accused of a cover-up after refusing to release details of talks between its officials and the tobacco industry during negotiations over the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) treaty.
European Commission officials have held hundreds of meetings with lobbyists to discuss the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) treaty - yet only around one in ten is with public interest groups.
TTIP - Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership - is, perhaps, the most spoken about secret right now. It is mostly being negotiated secretly between the EU and the US. Corporates love it, while critics think it puts profits before human rights; they have called for a day of action this Saturday.