STC Number - 90

Restrictions on bovine products

Maintained by: Hungary
Raised by: Canada
Supported by:
First date raised: March 2001 G/SPS/R/21 paras. 16-17
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised: 0
Relevant documents: G/SPS/GEN/230
Products covered: 0102 Live bovine animals.; 0201 Meat of bovine animals, fresh or chilled.; 0202 Meat of bovine animals, frozen.; 1602 Other prepared or preserved meat, meat offal or blood.
Primary subject keyword: Animal Health
Keywords: Animal health; Human health; International Standards / Harmonization; Zoonoses
Status: Resolved
Solution: Canada reported that the issue of Hungary's restrictions on bovine products had been resolved.
Date reported as resolved: 01/09/2004

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

Canada indicated that Hungary had suspended imports of all bovine products from Canada due to fears over BSE, although Canada was BSE-free and BSE could not be transmitted by bovine semen. Canada was willing to continue working with the Hungarian authorities to resolve this matter as quickly as possible. The United States drew attention to the OIE document (G/SPS/GEN/230) which listed products that were safe from BSE and encouraged Members to review their measures accordingly. Hungary reported that since several Members had recently imposed import bans on certain BSE-free countries, Hungarian consumers had begun to question the safety of animals and products from these countries. Hungarian authorities had made prion tests a mandatory condition for veterinary import licenses for live cattle, fresh meats and non-heat-treated products of bovine origin. Bovine semen was not subject to the import restrictions.
In September 2004, Canada reported that the issue of Hungary's restrictions on bovine products had been resolved.