STC Number - 134

SPS measures on animal products

Maintained by: Romania
Raised by: Moldova, Republic of
Supported by: China
First date raised: June 2002 G/SPS/R/27, paras. 35-37
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised: 0
Relevant documents: G/SPS/GEN/334
Products covered: 02 Meat and edible meat offal; 0401 Milk and cream, not concentrated nor containing added sugar or other sweetening matter.; 0402 Milk and cream, concentrated or containing added sugar or other sweetening matter.; 0403 Buttermilk, curdled milk and cream, yogurt, kephir and other fermented or acidified milk and cream, whether or not concentrated or containing added sugar or other sweetening matter or flavoured or containing added fruit, nuts or cocoa.; 0407 Birds' eggs, in shell, fresh, preserved or cooked.; 0408 Birds' eggs, not in shell, and egg yolks, fresh, dried, cooked by steaming or by boiling in water, moulded, frozen or otherwise preserved, whether or not containing added sugar or other sweetening matter.
Primary subject keyword: Food safety
Keywords: Food safety; Human health
Status: Resolved
Date reported as resolved: 16/10/2013

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

Moldova indicated that Romania had begun to impose EC requirements on imports of meat and animal products although Romania did not meet these requirements domestically (G/SPS/GEN/334). As a result, meat, milk and egg exports from Moldova were in effect banned from the Romanian market, which normally absorbed about 80 per cent of Moldova agricultural exports. Romania had not provided any scientific justification for its measure. Its failure to notify the measure meant that exporters had not had any time to adapt to the new requirements. China expressed support for the concerns expressed by Moldova and urged Romania to review its measures in this area.
Romania argued that the measure in question was a result of its harmonization with the acquis communautaire of the European Union, and was necessary to ensure consumer protection. Romania stated that this was not a new SPS measure, so it had not been notified. Nonetheless, the Romanian Ministry of Agriculture was considering ways to address the difficulties posed to Moldova from its implementation.