STC Number - 189

Prohibition on the use of specified risk materials and requirements for disabled cattle

Maintained by: United States of America
Raised by: Argentina
Supported by:
First date raised: March 2004 G/SPS/R/33, paras. 68-69
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised: 0
Relevant documents: G/SPS/N/USA/844
Products covered: 0102 Live bovine animals.
Primary subject keyword: Animal Health
Keywords: Animal health; Food safety; Human health; Zoonoses; Transparency
Status: Not reported
Date reported as resolved:

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

Argentina stated that notification G/SPS/N/USA/844 was published on 23 January 2004 as a standard, non-emergency notification. The final date for comments was on 12 April, 2004 but the proposed date of adoption and entry into force was on 12 January 2004; hence Members did not have adequate opportunity for comment. Argentina was required to comply with the same requirements imposed on countries affected with BSE although Argentina had never had a case of BSE and complied with the requirements to be considered free of BSE. The United States was requested to clarify this matter.
The United States explained that the USDA had instituted a number of interim measures on 12 January 2004 after the announcement of a presumptive case of BSE in Washington State on 23 December 2003. Under the US regulatory system, interim final rules were enforced immediately but there was a concurrent comment period of 90 days. The comment period for G/SPS/N/USA/844 would expire on 12 April 2004. Members that were free of BSE and interested in seeking recognition of alternate control measures equivalent to the US measures as announced in G/SPS/N/USA/844, 845 and 846, were encouraged to submit their comments within the deadline for consideration in the development of a final set of BSE rules.