STC Number - 113

Pet food import requirements

Maintained by: Chile
Raised by: Argentina
Supported by: United States of America
First date raised: March 2002 G/SPS/R/26, paras. 21-23
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised: 0
Relevant documents: G/SPS/N/CHL/104, G/SPS/GEN/302
Products covered: 2309 Preparations of a kind used in animal feeding.
Primary subject keyword: Animal Health
Keywords: Animal health; International Standards / Harmonization; Zoonoses
Status: Resolved
Solution: Argentina reported that the issue of Chile's import requirements for pet food had been resolved.
Date reported as resolved: 01/03/2004

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

Argentina raised concerns about Chile's draft standard that would require imports of pet food containing meat and bonemeal from ruminants to undergo thermal treatment (G/SPS/N/CHL/104).. This requirement was stricter than the OIE recommendations and lacked sufficient scientific grounds and risk analysis to justify this higher level of protection (G/SPS/GEN/302). The EU Scientific Steering Committee had given Argentina a Level 1 rating, i.e. "highly unlikely that domestic cattle are (clinically or pre-clinically) infected with BSE agent". The United States indicated that the OIE Animal Health Code did not recommend that countries free of BSE undertake the treatment outlined in the notification. The United States hoped that the Chilean authorities would take the results of the Harvard Risk Analysis into account.
Chile stressed that a distinction had to be made between countries free of BSE and countries free of TSEs; the draft Chilean measure also included the latter within its scope. Chile further clarified that the procedures had to be applied to raw materials in pet food and not to the final product.
In March 2004, Argentina reported that the issue of Chile's import requirements for pet food had been resolved.