STC Number - 29

Measures related to avian influenza

Maintained by: Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
Raised by: United States of America
Supported by:
First date raised: July 1997 G/SPS/R/8, para. 25
Dates subsequently raised: July 2001 (G/SPS/R/22, para. 127)
Number of times subsequently raised: 1
Relevant documents: G/SPS/GEN/19, G/SPS/GEN/265
Products covered: 0207 Meat and edible offal, of the poultry of heading 01.05, fresh, chilled or frozen.; 0209 Pig fat, free of lean meat, and poultry fat, not rendered or otherwise extracted, fresh, chilled, frozen, salted, in brine, dried or smoked.
Primary subject keyword: Animal Health
Keywords: Animal health; Human health; Zoonoses
Status: Not reported
Date reported as resolved:

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

In July 1997, the United States informed that non-pathogenic avian influenza had been detected in a few north-eastern US states. As a consequence, the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela had banned the importation of US poultry and products. The United States contested the scientific basis for this measure and was concerned that it had not been notified.
In July 2001, the United States indicated that the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela had acted in June 2000 to allow market access for US processed poultry (G/SPS/GEN/265). Venezuelan authorities had not responded to requests from the United States to pursue this matter bilaterally. The United States believed that the measures lacked scientific justification and considered this trade concern unresolved.