STC Number - 15

Zoosanitary import policies pertaining to BSE

Maintained by: Canada
Raised by: European Union
Supported by:
First date raised: March 1997 G/SPS/R/7, paras. 24-25
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised: 0
Relevant documents: G/SPS/N/CAN/18
Products covered: 02 Meat and edible meat offal
Primary subject keyword: Animal Health
Keywords: Animal health; Human health; International Standards / Harmonization; Zoonoses
Status: Not reported
Date reported as resolved:

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

The European Communities argued that the Canadian policy went beyond what could be scientifically justified, and was furthermore not in conformity with the OIE Code. The European Communities noted that (i) no distinction was made between high and low incidence countries; (ii) there were provisions for whole-herd slaughter and slaughter of mother as well as of progeny despite BSE not being considered as a herd disease and unfinalized investigations on maternal transmission; and, (iii) the Canadian policy required BSE to have been notifiable for six years under an active surveillance programme and that imports would be allowed only after six years of absence of the disease. Also, the proposed policy implied that Canada would not accept meat from any country which had imported meat and bone meal from a country which had a case of BSE. Under these conditions only one EC member State would qualify to export meat to Canada. Canada explained that while the BSE policy was already in force, some changes were proposed. It was on these draft changes that comments were being sought. The time for comments would be extended.