STC Number - 76

Ban on pet food imports

Maintained by: Turkey
Raised by: Hungary
Supported by:
First date raised: March 2000 G/SPS/R/26, para. 6
Dates subsequently raised: June 2002 (G/SPS/R/27, paras. 129-130)
June 2004 (G/SPS/R/34, paras. 57)
Number of times subsequently raised: 2
Relevant documents: G/SPS/GEN/316, WT/DS256/1
Products covered: 2309 Preparations of a kind used in animal feeding.
Primary subject keyword: Animal Health
Keywords: Animal health; Human health; Zoonoses
Status: Resolved
Solution: Consultations requested on 3/05/2002 (WT/DS256/1). DSU consultations pending. Ban lifted.
Date reported as resolved: 01/06/2004

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

The representative of Hungary stated that in March 2001, Turkey had banned the importation of pet food from all European countries as a result of the BSE epidemic. Although Hungary was a BSE-free country, it was included in the ban's coverage due to the Turkish authorities' concern about cross-infection. After the Turkish authorities had provided an explanation in June 2001, Hungarian companies stopped using raw materials derived from ruminants in pet food mix, but the ban on Hungarian exports remained in place. Hungary asked where the Turkish regulation was published and when it had been notified to the WTO. Hungary also as requested an explanation of the underlying scientific justification for the ban and asked whether Turkish suppliers were treated identically to foreign suppliers. The United States and European Communities associated themselves with the comments made by Hungary and requested to be informed of further developments. Turkey explained that the problem may have arisen as a result of some missing laboratory analysis, as no import ban was in place. Once that information had been provided, the importation procedures would be complete.
In June 2002, Hungary indicated that Turkey had not provided an official response to the questions submitted to it. Hungary had requested consultations under the DSU on 5 May 2002. Although some progress had been made at the consultations, the problem was still pending. Hungary hoped to find an amicable solution by the 5 July 2002 DSU deadline. Turkey indicated that since the issue was now a formal dispute, confidentiality requirements had to be respected. Turkey would inform the Committee of further developments at a later stage.
In June 2004, Turkey reported that the ban on imports on pet foods from Hungary had been lifted and the issue considered resolved.