STC Number - 232

Import restrictions on EC beef due to BSE

Maintained by: Israel
Raised by: European Union
Supported by:
First date raised: October 2005 G/SPS/R/39, paras. 41-42
Dates subsequently raised: March 2006 (G/SPS/R/40, paras. 44-45)
Number of times subsequently raised: 1
Relevant documents: Raised orally; G/SPS/GEN/1269
Products covered: 0201 Meat of bovine animals, fresh or chilled.; 0202 Meat of bovine animals, frozen.
Primary subject keyword: Animal Health
Keywords: Animal health; Food safety; Human health; International Standards / Harmonization; Zoonoses
Status: Resolved
Date reported as resolved: 16/10/2013

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

In October 2005, the European Communities noted that exports of EC beef into Israel were currently allowed only from a limited number of EC member States and restricted to calves younger than 6-8 months. No native case of BSE had been detected in some of the EC member States whose beef imports were prohibited. BSE protective measures were equally implemented through the whole EC territory and equally applied to beef for consumption within the European Communities and beef for export. With regard to the restriction to calves younger than 6-8 months, amendments to the Terrestrial Animal Health Code adopted by the OIE in May 2005 included the addition of deboned skeletal muscle meat of animals less than 30 months to the list of products which could be safely traded, under certain conditions, regardless of the BSE status of the exporting country.
Israel reported that his country had already engaged bilaterally with the European Communities on this issue in order to find a mutually satisfactory solution.
In March 2006, the European Communities reported that Israel continued its restrictions on beef from EC member States. However, Israel's veterinary services had indicated its willingness to address this issue on the basis of further OIE developments during the coming months, and the European Communities would inform the SPS Committee of the final results of its bilateral consultations with Israel.
Israel noted that in general imports of beef and bovine products were permitted, provided there was no record of BSE in the exporting country and that the import was approved by the Israeli veterinary service.