STC Number - 254

Animal health requirements for poultry meat

Maintained by: El Salvador
Raised by: United States of America
Supported by:
First date raised: June 2007 G/SPS/R/45, paras. 24-25
Dates subsequently raised: April 2008 (G/SPS/R/49, paras. 46-47)
Number of times subsequently raised: 1
Relevant documents: Raised orally
Products covered: 0207 Meat and edible offal, of the poultry of heading 01.05, fresh, chilled or frozen.
Primary subject keyword: Animal Health
Keywords: Animal health; International Standards / Harmonization
Status: Not reported
Date reported as resolved:

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

In June 2007, the United States expressed concern that El Salvador required that imported uncooked poultry meat be sourced from farms free of a number of diseases. This requirement exceeded the OIE standards, as many of the diseases identified were cosmopolitan in nature and not known to be transmissible via poultry meat. El Salvador's measure was therefore without scientific justification.
El Salvador observed that there had been bilateral meetings with US officials, at which some protocols had been agreed for certain products. The United States was invited to provide its requests and comments in writing.
In April 2008, the United States reported that following an inspection visit in February, the authorities of both countries were now working on the language for export certificates for poultry meat and table eggs. The draft documents had been provided to El Salvador, and the United States hoped that this issue would soon be resolved in accordance with the SPS Agreement and international standards.
El Salvador confirmed that consultations had taken place, with a positive outcome.