STC Number - 33

Salmonella-related restriction on fishmeal imports

Maintained by: European Union
Raised by: Chile; Peru
Supported by:
First date raised: October 1997 G/SPS/R/9/Rev.1, paras. 48-50
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised: 0
Relevant documents: Raised orally
Products covered: 0511 Animal products not elsewhere specified or included; dead animals of Chapter 1 or 3, unfit for human consumption.
Primary subject keyword: Animal Health
Keywords: Animal health; Food safety; Human health; Zoonoses
Status: Partially resolved
Solution: Partial resolution relates to Chile only.
Date reported as resolved: 16/10/2013

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

Chile and Peru sought clarification regarding the EC directive governing exports of fishmeal, which was not applied to substitutes to fishmeal. These substitutes could also potentially be contaminated with salmonella, as had been confirmed by recent research carried out in the United Kingdom. The European Communities indicated that the directive was justified on the basis of available scientific information, although working groups were considering whether similar criteria should be applied to feedingstuffs of vegetable origin. Some EC member States had introduced heat treatment requirements, although others had found that there were not sufficient grounds for introducing such criteria.
Chile also raised concerns with unilateral import prohibitions by France and Italy affecting fishmeal for feeding ruminants, including mixtures with bone meal, with the alleged objective of preventing risk arising from contamination. The European Communities answered that it needed to effectively enforce its mammalian protein feed ban to ruminants, but was facing practical difficulties in segregating the origins of various raw materials, including fish. The European Communities indicated it would examine the issue together with the two member States involved.