STC Number - 47

Measure on establishments operating in the animal feed sector

Maintained by: European Union
Raised by: United States of America
Supported by: Argentina
First date raised: June 1998 G/SPS/R/11, paras. 50-56
Dates subsequently raised: September 1998 (G/SPS/R/12, paras. 35-36)
July 2001 (G/SPS/R/25, para. 127)
Number of times subsequently raised: 2
Relevant documents: G/SPS/N/EEC/58, G/SPS/GEN/88, G/SPS/GEN/265
Products covered: 23 Residues and waste from the food industries; prepared animal fodder; 2302 Bran, sharps and other residues, whether or not in the form of pellets, derived from the sifting, milling or other working of cereals or of leguminous plants.; 2303 Residues of starch manufacture and similar residues, beet-pulp, bagasse and other waste of sugar manufacture, brewing or distilling dregs and waste, whether or not in the form of pellets.; 2308 Vegetable materials and vegetable waste, vegetable residues and by-products, whether or not in the form of pellets, of a kind used in animal feeding, not elsewhere specified or included.
Primary subject keyword: Food safety
Keywords: Animal health; Food safety; Human health
Status: Not reported
Solution:
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Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

In June 1998, the United States raised its concerns with regard to an EC measure which set conditions and arrangements for approving and registering establishments and intermediaries operating in the animal feed sector. The United States sought clarification regarding criteria used, justification and coverage of the measure and the procedures involved, and asked for an update on its implementation status.
The European Communities replied that it was putting in place the legislative framework for the establishment of a single market in regard to animal, plant and consumer health. It was establishing harmonized standards so that products could circulate freely within the Community. The European Communities provided an explanation of the criteria used and risks addressed by the framework, and clarified that it applied only to feedingstuffs for farm animals, not to pet food. The European Communities clarified that by the end of 1998, EC member States must provide the Commission with a list of establishments considered eligible, which could be modified later on. Establishments would be inspected by the EC Commission. The European Communities considered its registration requirements to be flexible and not very onerous. Argentina requested a written copy of the EC statement.
In September 1998, the United States reported it was encouraged by the EC willingness to consult on this draft directive with a view to safeguarding public and animal health while minimizing trade disruptions. The European Communities noted that the new regime was similar to the previous one, but was more flexible in that on-the-spot inspection in third countries was optional. The European Communities assured the United States that prompt answers would be provided to all questions raised.
In July 2001, the United States reported that it did not require or support registration of animal feed establishments and considered the issue to still be unresolved (G/SPS/GEN/265).