STC Number - 208

Food and feed hygiene rules

Maintained by: European Union
Raised by: Canada
Supported by: Jamaica; United States of America
First date raised: March 2005 G/SPS/R/36/Rev.1, paras. 15-18
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised: 0
Relevant documents: G/SPS/GEN/539; RD/SPS/28/Rev.1
Products covered:
Primary subject keyword: Food safety
Keywords: Animal health; Food safety; Human health
Status: Resolved
Solution: Information was received from Canada on the resolution of this STC.
Date reported as resolved: 02/11/2017

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

Canada sought clarifications from the European Communities on the requirements that would apply to third countries when the new food and feed hygiene rules come into force on 1 January 2006 (Regulations 852/2004, 853/2004 and 854/2004). Canada further invited the European Communities to solicit comments from third countries sufficiently in advance of the implementation date so that the comments could be incorporated into the final measures. The United State encouraged the European Communities to provide more formal explanations of the nature and scope of the rules applying to exporting countries. Jamaica agreed with Canada and United States on the need for further clarifications from the European Communities.
The European Communities recalled that a document clarifying the traceability provisions of the new body of legislation had been circulated in February 2005 (G/SPS/GEN/539). This document explained that the aim of traceability provisions were intended to identify each link in the chain of supply in the event of product recalls. A seminar open to all third countries would be held in Brussels to explain the consequences of the entry into force of the food and feed hygiene rules.


In November 2017, the Secretariat informed that in September 2017 it had contacted all Members who had raised specific trade concerns (STCs) that had not been discussed in the previous year, to request an update on their status. In furtherance of this request, information was received from Canada on the resolution of this STC. The Secretariat indicated that the information received had been circulated in document RD/SPS/28 of 31 October 2017, and that the SPS IMS would be updated on this basis, using the date of the November 2017 SPS Committee meeting as the date of resolution of the relevant STCs.