STC Number - 137

Import restrictions on meat and meat products

Maintained by: United States of America
Raised by: Switzerland
Supported by:
First date raised: June 2002 G/SPS/R/27, paras. 10-12
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised: 0
Relevant documents: G/SPS/GEN/321; RD/SPS/28/Rev.1
Products covered: 02 Meat and edible meat offal; 1601 Sausages and similar products, of meat, meat offal or blood; food preparations based on these products.; 1602 Other prepared or preserved meat, meat offal or blood.
Primary subject keyword: Animal Health
Keywords: Animal health; Food safety; Human health; International Standards / Harmonization; Zoonoses
Status: Resolved
Solution: 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 Switzerland on the resolution of this STC.
Date reported as resolved: 02/11/2017

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

Switzerland reported that following the outbreak of BSE in Switzerland, the United States had banned imports of meat and meat products from Switzerland (G/SPS/GEN/321). The ban applied also to meat products processed in Switzerland with meat imported from countries free of BSE, such as Argentina or Brazil. Switzerland had a low incidence of BSE in terms of the OIE International Animal Health Code and the US measure did not follow the international standards. Moreover, the US double inspection procedure was in violation of the SPS Agreement. Bilateral consultations had clarified some of the questions raised by Switzerland, and would hopefully soon lead to a resumption of trade in meat and meat products. The European Communities requested to be informed of the outcome of the discussions between Switzerland and the United States.
The United States noted that there was a further complication pertaining to the FMD status of certain countries providing meat to Switzerland for processing and subsequent export to the United States.

In Novemebr 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 Switzerland 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.