STC Number - 303

Import restrictions on poultry meat

Maintained by: Senegal
Raised by: Brazil
Supported by:
First date raised: June 2010 G/SPS/R/59, paras. 34-36
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised: 0
Relevant documents: Raised orally.
Products covered: 02 Meat and edible meat offal; 0207 Meat and edible offal, of the poultry of heading 01.05, fresh, chilled or frozen.
Primary subject keyword: Animal Health
Keywords: Animal health; Food safety; Human health
Status: Not reported
Date reported as resolved:

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

In June 2010, Brazil raised concerns regarding Senegal's import restriction on poultry meat in place since 2005. Brazil, while recognizing Senegal's right to protect itself against diseases, recalled the OIE guideline that a Member could establish measures if avian influenza was detected. Brazil stated that its products fulfilled all international requirements and that avian influenza had not been reported in its territory. Brazil had provided Senegal with all the information needed for a risk analysis, and had asked in March and May 2010 for scientific justification of Senegal's import restrictions. Brazil concluded that it was looking forward to receiving technical feedback to allow the export of Brazilian poultry meat to Senegal.
Senegal stated that the Senegalese authorities had only received Brazil's request a few days prior to the Committee meeting, and that a reply would be provided to Brazil as soon as possible.
ECOWAS reported that at a meeting in Cape Verde, ECOWAS members had held high level discussions on the issue. ECOWAS hoped that the issue would be resolved amicably.