STC Number - 6

Importation of cheese

Maintained by: Canada
Raised by: European Union
Supported by: Switzerland
First date raised: May 1996 G/SPS/R/5, para. 14
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised: 0
Relevant documents: G/SPS/N/CAN/8, G/SPS/GEN/1051
Products covered: 04 Dairy produce; birds' eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included; 0406 Cheese and curd.
Primary subject keyword: Food safety
Keywords: Equivalence; Food safety; Human health
Status: Resolved
Solution: The European Union indicated that the issue was resolved (G/SPS/GEN/1051)
Date reported as resolved: 13/10/2010

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

The European Communities raised concerns with a proposed Canadian requirement that cheese be pasteurized or produced from pasteurized milk. The European Communities considered that its measures, including production requirements, safe and correct sourcing and subsequent supervision in the various production stages from farm to consumer, provided at least equivalent guarantees in terms of food safety. The European Communities observed that a number of Members maintained restrictions on imports of raw milk cheeses from the European Communities which were not justifiable on health grounds. Canada noted that on request it would provide scientific documentation in support of the proposal, and that an expert advisory committee had been appointed to examine the matter.