STC Number - 129

Import restrictions on spiced pork and salted meat products

Maintained by: Cuba
Raised by: Argentina
Supported by:
First date raised: June 2002 G/SPS/R/27, paras. 15-16
Dates subsequently raised: November 2002 (G/SPS/R/28, para. 182 )
Number of times subsequently raised: 1
Relevant documents: G/SPS/GEN/325
Products covered: 0203 Meat of swine, fresh, chilled or frozen.; 0210 Meat and edible meat offal, salted, in brine, dried or smoked; edible flours and meals of meat or meat offal.; 1601 Sausages and similar products, of meat, meat offal or blood; food preparations based on these products.
Primary subject keyword: Animal Health
Keywords: Animal health
Status: Resolved
Solution: Argentina reported that the issue had been resolved with Cuba.
Date reported as resolved: 01/03/2004

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

Argentina indicated that exports of spiced pork and salted meat products to Cuba were prohibited due to Cuba's zero risk approach with regard to FMD (G/SPS/GEN/325). Argentina had submitted evidence that the FMD virus would not be transmitted as a result of the processing of these products. Moreover, Argentina's proposed certification fully complied with OIE standards. Nonetheless, Cuba only permitted imports of bovine meat from countries free of FMD without vaccination. Argentina requested Cuba to lift its restrictions, or to provide sufficient scientific evidence to justify its measure. Cuba indicated that bilateral consultations had been initiated on the issue.
In November 2002, Argentina reported that a few technicalities needed to be sorted out before the issue was completely resolved.
In March 2004, Argentina reported that the issue had been resolved with Cuba.