CAFTA to make human organs commodities

Human bones, organs and tissues will be considered commodities if the pending Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) is ratified, Costa Rica’s Foreign Trade Ministry has acknowledged. The admission came in a statement released from Minister Marco Vinicio Ruiz to Dr. Rodrigo Cabezas, a Costa Rican surgeon, who had inquired about Item 30019010 of Appendix 3.3 of the treaty. Ruiz said that under the agreement, human organs would be marketed just like any other product in international trade. “For this given product, Costa Rica agreed to remove the import tariff under the free trade agreement,” Ruiz stated. (Prensa Latina, July 13)

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