US Industry Supports Challenge to EU Ban on US Poultry

US - Industry groups have joined together to urge the US trade representative to challenge the EU barrier to imports of US poultry.
calendar icon 12 October 2009
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The Office of the US Trade Representative is being jointly urged by four concerned groups to have the World Trade Organization (WTO) determine if a major barrier to US poultry exports to the European Union is a violation of WTO's rules. In a letter dated 24 September to US Trade Representative, Ron Kirk, the National Chicken Council, USA Poultry & Egg Export Council, National Turkey Federation and the National Association of Manufacturers re-confirmed their strong support for US Trade Representative action that would result in a WTO dispute settlement panel that addresses the EU’s blocking action against four antimicrobials that reduce pathogens during poultry processing.

In the letter to Ambassador Kirk, the groups noted that early in 2009 WTO dispute settlement consultations were held with the European Union in an attempt to move the EU toward official approval of four antimicrobials that are FDA/USDA approved and have been scientifically proven in both the United States and the EU to be safe and efficacious in reducing pathogens on poultry. Since the official consultations earlier this year resulted in no resolution of the issue, it is now "most appropriate to take the issue to the next step in the WTO dispute settlement panel process, namely requesting that the issue be addressed by a WTO dispute settlement panel", the groups stated in the letter.

US poultry exports to the EU have not been permitted since 1997. If the EU was an eligible market for US poultry, it is estimated annual poultry exports would top $300 million.

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