STC Number - 29

Measures related to avian influenza

Maintained by: Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
Raised by: United States of America
Supported by:
First date raised: July 1997 G/SPS/R/8 para. 25
Dates subsequently raised: July 2001 (G/SPS/R/22 para. 127)
Number of times subsequently raised: 1
Relevant documents: G/SPS/GEN/19 G/SPS/GEN/265
Products covered: 0207 Meat and edible offal, of the poultry of heading 01.05, fresh, chilled or frozen.; 0209 Pig fat, free of lean meat, and poultry fat, not rendered or otherwise extracted, fresh, chilled, frozen, salted, in brine, dried or smoked.
Primary subject keyword: Animal Health
Keywords: Animal health; Human health; Zoonoses; Avian Influenza
Status: Not reported
Solution:
Date reported as resolved:

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

In July 1997, the representative of the United States informed the Committee that subsequent to routine surveillance, non-pathogenic Avian Influenza (AI) had been detected in backyard flocks in a few North Eastern US States. The government of Venezuela had, as a consequence of this, imposed a ban on the importation of US poultry and poultry products. The United States contested the scientific basis for this measure and expressed concern that it had not been notified to the WTO. The US concerns are described in G/SPS/GEN/19.

In July 2001, the representative of the United States introduced an update to the Secretariat document on specific trade concerns (G/SPS/GEN/204/Rev.1). The United States had examined the issues it had raised in the Committee to determine whether the issues had been resolved. This exercise had shown that the SPS Committee was a useful forum to address and resolve trade issues. The US document presented the US view on the status of the relevant issues, and the United States was prepared to discuss other Members' views on this status.