STC Number - 364

Import restrictions on beef due to BSE

Maintained by: Japan
Raised by: Brazil
Supported by:
First date raised: October 2013 G/SPS/R/73, paras. 3.14-3.18
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised: 0
Relevant documents: Raised orally
Products covered:
Primary subject keyword: Animal Health
Status: Not reported
Date reported as resolved:

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

In October 2013, Brazil raised concerns regarding import restrictions by Japan on beef, stemming from a notification of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) by Brazil in December 2012. Brazil had provided detailed information on the unique case and the implemented risk mitigation procedures to the OIE and all concerned WTO Members, including Japan. The case had affected only one native cow which had not entered the food or feed chain, and the OIE had maintained Brazil's classification as a country with negligible risk for BSE. Brazil believed the import restrictions infringed Articles 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, and Annex C of the SPS Agreement, and urged Japan to withdraw its restrictions.
Japan noted that its Food Safety Commission had conducted a risk assessment based on the BSE-related scientific information submitted by Brazil, but would need additional information on BSE measures in Brazil. Japan would move forward as expeditiously as possible once provided with the requested information.