STC Number - 58

Notification on refrigeration and labelling requirements for shell eggs

Maintained by: United States of America
Raised by: European Union
Supported by:
First date raised: November 1998 G/SPS/R/13, paras. 37-38
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised: 0
Relevant documents: G/SPS/N/USA/133
Products covered: 0407 Birds' eggs, in shell, fresh, preserved or cooked.
Primary subject keyword: Food safety
Keywords: Equivalence; Food safety; Human health; Risk assessment
Status: Not reported
Solution:
Date reported as resolved:

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

The European Communities queried whether the US measure was based on a risk assessment, and if this risk assessment was available. The European Communities sought written clarification from the United States regarding the non-application of the measure to units with 3000 hens or less, and asked the United States to explain the discrimination between foreign and domestic eggs. The European Communities also enquired whether the United States would accept equivalent measures. The United States responded that the risk assessment was available on the internet, but that a copy would be provided to the European Communities. The United States welcomed the EC request for consideration of equivalence, and indicated that answers to the more technical questions would be provided in due course.