STC Number - 64

Ban on antibiotics in feed

Maintained by: European Union
Raised by: United States of America
Supported by: Australia; Canada
First date raised: July 1999 G/SPS/R/15, paras. 26-29
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; Transparency; Zoonoses
Status: Not reported
Date reported as resolved:

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

The United States noted the failure of the European Communities to notify the ban on four antibiotics used in animal feed to enhance production that had been adopted in December 1998. Canada and Australia shared the US concern, and Canada requested to be informed when the European Communities reviewed its measure, which it understood to be provisional. The European Communities replied that this was an interim protective measure which would be re-examined before the end of December 2000. The results of the re-examination would be shared with Members, as well as published electronically. The measure had not been notified because it did not contain any provision applicable to imports, and therefore had no effect on trade.