STC Number - 24

Requirements for certification of consumer rice

Maintained by: Panama
Raised by: United States of America
Supported by:
First date raised: March 1997 G/SPS/R/7, para. 15
Dates subsequently raised: July 2001 (G/SPS/R/22, para. 127)
Number of times subsequently raised: 1
Relevant documents: G/SPS/GEN/265
Products covered: 1006 Rice.
Primary subject keyword: Plant Health
Keywords: Plant health
Status: Resolved
Solution: Import restrictions removed
Date reported as resolved: 01/07/2001

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

In March 1997, the United States noted that Panama required imports of consumer rice to be certified free from the fungus tilletia barclayana (Kernel smut), although this fungus already existed in Panama. Furthermore, the fungus in question could not be transmitted through milled rice. Panamanian officials had allegedly suggested that current domestic supply conditions had influenced their decisions. The representative of Panama replied that she would forward a report from capital to the US Department of Agriculture.
In July 2001, the United States indicated that Panama had removed its import restrictions on rice in late 1997, and that the matter was resolved (G/SPS/GEN/265).