US Fights Back over EU Import Bans

US - American farmers are calling on the US administration to take a more aggressive stance on trade promotion, particularly targeting what they regard as the EU's unnecessary restrictions on imports of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and chlrine treatment of poultry carcasses.
calendar icon 2 August 2010
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The American Farm Bureau Federation, the biggest farm lobby in the US, called upon the US Trade Representative to ‘initiate a retaliation proceedings against the EU’ in a paper to be submitted to Washington last week week.

It took issue with several sanitary barriers to American exports and said the EU had ‘failed to comply with its WTO obligations’ to provide for a science-based, timely and predictable process for reviewing ‘agriculture and food biotechnology products’.

Alongside the call for action over GM, the paper made reference to a long-running dispute about EU rules banning the sale of hormone-treated meat and a similar prohibition on chlorine-treated chicken.

The Obama administration has launched a 'National Export Initiative' with the goal of doubling exports and farm produce is seen as a key part of the effort.

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