STC Number - 262

Restrictions on heat-treated products in relation to avian influenza

Maintained by: Egypt
Raised by: European Union
Supported by:
First date raised: April 2008 G/SPS/R/49, paras. 17-18
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised: 0
Relevant documents: G/SPS/1 (para. 3), G/SPS/GEN/1269
Products covered: 02 Meat and edible meat offal; 0207 Meat and edible offal, of the poultry of heading 01.05, fresh, chilled or frozen.; 02071 - Of fowls of the species Gallus domesticus:

Heat-treated products in relation to avian influenza
Primary subject keyword: Animal Health
Keywords: Animal health; Human health; International Standards / Harmonization; Zoonoses
Status: Resolved
Date reported as resolved: 16/10/2013

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

In April 2008, the European Communities noted that it had held bilateral negotiations for some time with regard to Egypt's import restrictions on heat-treated poultry products. Egypt permitted imports only from countries free of avian influenza, which was not in line with the OIE standards. This measure was disproportionate to the risk. The European Communities hoped that its good relationship with the Egyptian authorities, which had permitted the resolution of many concerns in the past, would enable a rapid resolution to this problem. The European Communities formally requested that Egypt review its import restrictions and bring them in line with the SPS Agreement.
Egypt recalled that the Working Procedures adopted by the SPS Committee (G/SPS/1, paragraph 3) indicated that relevant Members should be informed in advance of a meeting of the intention to raise an issue which concerned that Member, which had not been done in this case. Egypt recalled that it had previously experienced an outbreak of avian influenza, and was making all efforts to prevent a re-introduction of the disease. During recent bilateral technical consultations the European Communities had provided information, including on treatment methods, that was required in order for Egypt to undertake a risk assessment. The risk assessment was under way, and the comments of the European Communities would be taken into account.