STC Number - 87

Measures affecting imports of products containing Brazilian beef

Maintained by: Canada
Raised by: Brazil
Supported by:
First date raised: March 2001 G/SPS/R/21 paras. 2-5
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised: 0
Relevant documents: G/SPS/GEN/245 G/SPS/W/108 G/SPS/N/CAN/39 G/SPS/N/CAN/94
Products covered: 0201 Meat of bovine animals, fresh or chilled.; 0202 Meat of bovine animals, frozen.; 0511 Animal products not elsewhere specified or included; dead animals of Chapter 1 or 3, unfit for human consumption.
Primary subject keyword: Animal Health
Keywords: Animal health; Transparency; Zoonoses
Status: Resolved
Solution: Suspension lifted in February 2001
Date reported as resolved: 01/02/2001

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

Canada outlined its BSE policy, and informed Members of recent actions taken regarding the application of this policy. Imports from Brazil had recently been suspended because Brazil had not provided the information requested by Canada in order to carry out a risk assessment. Canada was especially concerned about the traceability of cattle imported from BSE-infected countries. Canada had lifted its suspension after receipt and analysis of documentation from Brazil and a visit to Brazil by scientists from Canada, the United States and Mexico. Canada reported that Brazilian authorities had agreed to certification requirements. Brazil regretted that Canada had not handled this matter in a more transparent manner, with prior notification and consultation. Brazil recalled its BSE-free status according to OIE classification, and its ban on feeding of ruminant material to cattle. Brazil had suffered many adverse effects from Canada's hasty embargo. This had raised awareness of certain shortcomings of the multilateral system in cases like this one. Brazil announced its intention to present proposals to the SPS Committee and the General Council to address these problems.