STC Number - 309

Labelling of products of animal origin

Maintained by: Brazil
Raised by: European Union
Supported by:
First date raised: October 2010 G/SPS/R/61, paras. 41-42
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised: 0
Relevant documents: G/SPS/N/BRA/654
Products covered:
Primary subject keyword: Food safety
Keywords: Food safety; Sufficiency of scientific evidence
Status: Not reported
Date reported as resolved:

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

In October 2010, the European Union welcomed the postponement till January 2011 of the entry into force of Brazil's labelling provisions (G/SPS/N/BRA/654), but noted that the new labelling requirements were not based on science, and could affect a wide range of products exported to Brazil. The European Union sought clarifications from Brazil on the sanitary risks the labelling requirements intended to address.

Brazil stated that the draft legislation on labelling requirements for imported products of animal origin reflected requirements that had been in place since 1998. Due to the high number of comments received on the draft legislation, Brazil had extended the deadline for comments until November 2010. The draft legislation was supposed to enter into force in January 2011. Brazil hoped that further bilateral technical exchanges of information would successfully address the European Union concerns.