STC Number - 113

Pet food import requirements

Maintained by: Chile
Raised by: Argentina
Supported by: United States of America
First date raised: March 2002 G/SPS/R/26 paras. 21-23
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised: 0
Relevant documents: G/SPS/N/CHL/104 G/SPS/GEN/302
Products covered: 2309 Preparations of a kind used in animal feeding.
Primary subject keyword: Animal Health
Keywords: Animal health; International Standards / Harmonization; Zoonoses
Status: Resolved
Solution: In March 2004, Argentina reported that the issue of Chile's import requirements for pet food had been resolved.
Date reported as resolved: 01/03/2004

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

In March 2002, the representative of Argentina made reference to notification G/SPS/N/CHL/104 from Chile concerning a draft standard for imports of pet food containing meat and bonemeal from ruminants. This draft standard would require these products to undergo thermal treatment, as provided for by the OIE. The concern of Argentina, as detailed in document G/SPS/GEN/302, was that the requirement was stricter than the international reference parameters, and lacked sufficient scientific grounds and risk analysis to justify this higher level of protection. He noted that the EU Scientific Steering Committee had given Argentina a Level 1 rating, i.e. "highly unlikely that domestic cattle are (clinically or preclinically) infected with BSE agent".

The representative of the United States stated that his country had provided comments to the Chilean authorities. He noted that the OIE Animal Health Code did not recommend that countries free of BSE undertake the treatment outlined in the notification, and he hoped that the Chilean authorities would take the results of the Harvard Risk Analysis into account.

The representative of Chile stressed that a distinction had to be made between countries free of BSE and countries free of TSEs; the draft Chilean measure also included the latter within its scope. He further clarified that the procedures had to be applied to raw materials in pet food and not to the final product.

In March 2004, Argentina reported that the issue of Chile's import requirements for pet food had been resolved.