STC Number - 77

Restrictions on canned tuna

Maintained by: Egypt
Raised by: Thailand
Supported by:
First date raised: June 2000 G/SPS/R/19, paras. 103-104
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised: 0
Relevant documents: G/SPS/GEN/203, WT/DS205/1
Products covered: 1604 Prepared or preserved fish; caviar and caviar substitutes prepared from fish eggs.; 160414 -- Tunas, skipjack and bonito (Sarda spp.)
Primary subject keyword: Food safety
Keywords: Food safety; Genetically modified organisms (GMOs); Human health
Status: Not reported
Solution: DSU consultations requested on 22 September 2000 (WT/DS205/1).
Date reported as resolved:

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

Thailand, acknowledging Egypt's decision to restrict food imports containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs), insisted that Thai canned tuna did not contain soybean oil produced from genetically modified plants. Thailand noted that it was not possible to identify the origin of soybean oil since the final processing stages destroyed genetic material. Thailand considered the restrictions on Thai canned tuna to be discriminatory, and asked the Egyptian Government to lift the restrictions as soon as possible. Egypt took note of Thailand's concerns and agreed to report back to the Committee in due course.