STC Number - 91

Restrictions on pork products

Maintained by: Hungary
Raised by: Canada
Supported by:
First date raised: March 2001 G/SPS/R/21, paras. 31-32
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised: 0
Relevant documents: Raised orally
Products covered: 0203 Meat of swine, fresh, chilled or frozen.; 0209 Pig fat, free of lean meat, and poultry fat, not rendered or otherwise extracted, fresh, chilled, frozen, salted, in brine, dried or smoked.
Primary subject keyword: Animal Health
Keywords: Animal health; Human health; Zoonoses
Status: Resolved
Solution: Canada reported that the issue of Hungary's restrictions on pork products had been resolved.
Date reported as resolved: 01/09/2004

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

Canada reported that as of January 2001, Hungarian importers of pork products from Canada had not been able to obtain import certificates from Hungary's veterinary services. A similar disruption had occurred the previous year, and had been resolved through bilateral discussion. Canada asked Hungary to resume issuing import permits, or to provide a legitimate scientific justification for the measure. Hungary referred to fears over BSE transmission and cross-contamination of foodstuffs, and was willing to enter into bilateral consultations on the matter. Canada requested clarification on the relevance of feed cross-contamination to the importation of frozen pork.
In September 2004, Canada reported that the issue of Hungary's restrictions on pork products had been resolved.