STC Number - 312

Restrictions on beef exports due to BSE-related concerns

Maintained by: Mexico
Raised by: Nicaragua
Supported by:
First date raised: October 2010 G/SPS/R/61, paras. 162-164
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised: 0
Relevant documents: Raised orally.
Products covered: 01 Live animals
Primary subject keyword: Animal Health
Keywords: Animal health; Zoonoses
Status: Resolved
Solution:
Date reported as resolved: 16/10/2013

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

In October 2010, Nicaragua raised concerns regarding Mexican restrictions on its beef exports because of BSE-related concerns. Nicaragua had requested Mexico to recognize its status as a "controlled risk" country, in line with its submission to the OIE. In addition, Mexico failed to approve Nicaraguan slaughterhouses, despite the fact that these had been approved by other countries.
The representative of the OIE stressed that according to the OIE standard, de-boned beef was a safe commodity with regard to BSE, irrespective of the BSE status of a country.
Mexico indicated that they were willing to work bilaterally with the government of Nicaragua to resolve these difficulties.