STC Number - 227

BSE-related import restrictions on non-ruminant products

Maintained by: Chinese Taipei
Raised by: United States of America
Supported by: European Union
First date raised: June 2005 G/SPS/R/37/Rev.1 paras. 30-32
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised: 0
Relevant documents: Raised orally
Products covered: 05 Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included
Primary subject keyword: Animal Health
Keywords: Animal health; Food safety; Human health; International Standards / Harmonization; Zoonoses
Status: Not reported
Date reported as resolved:

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

In June 2005, the representative of the United States raised concerns regarding the BSE-related import prohibition imposed by Chinese Taipei on non-ruminant rendered meals except fishmeal and all spray-dried animal products except dairy products and certain porcine products made in specified plants. For over five years, the United States had been providing significant scientific information to the animal health authorities of Chinese Taipei to allow the resumption of this trade. Despite continuous technical dialogue, the problem remained. Chinese Taipei had not provided any scientific justification explaining why it was resorting to measures exceeding the relevant international standards. The United States urged Chinese Taipei to lift its import ban on non-ruminant products and implement measures consistent with the OIE Code. Thanks to bilateral discussions with Chinese Taipei's representatives during the previous days, the United States and Chinese Taipei were on the verge of finding a mutually satisfactory solution.

The representative of the European Communities requested that Chinese Taipei and other countries fully adopt the new recommendations of the OIE Code. The European Communities had explained to Chinese Taipei the EC procedures currently in place for ensuring the safety of beef. The new clearer and simpler provisions of the OIE Code specifically allowed trade of beef products derived from deboned skeletal muscle meat from animals under 30 months. The European Communities urged Chinese Taipei to extend this provision to EC exports.

The representative of Chinese Taipei replied that Chinese Taipei had engaged in bilateral dialogue with the US government on these issues on several occasions. She pointed out that Chinese Taipei's concerns focused primarily on the possibility of cross-contamination with material of ruminant origin. Therefore the implementation of the US system needed careful evaluation and should be verified by on-site inspections. Based on risk analysis results, the importation of fish products, hydrolysed proteins derived from processing meals, spray-dried proteins and plasma proteins from the United States were not currently prohibited. Chinese Taipei's SPS measures were designed to ensure the safe trade of animal and animal products in accordance with the concept of an appropriate level of protection and did not exceed the OIE guidelines. Chinese Taipei was seeking a solution to the issue with the United States. Regarding the EC concern on beef, the representative of Chinese Taipei would convey the message her authorities and respond to the European Communities in writing.