STC Number - 53

Emergency measures on citrus pulp

Maintained by: European Union
Raised by: Brazil
Supported by:
First date raised: September 1998 G/SPS/R/12 paras. 49-50
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised: 0
Relevant documents: G/SPS/N/EEC/62
Products covered: 0805 Citrus fruit, fresh or dried.
Primary subject keyword: Food safety
Keywords: Animal health; Food safety; Human health
Status: Resolved
Solution: In October 2001, the representative of Brazil informed the Committee that emergency measures on dioxin in citrus pulp from Brazil, taken in 1998, had been lifted (G/SPS/R/25, párr. 34).
Date reported as resolved: 01/10/2001

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

In September 1998, the representative of Brazil stated that the EC notification of emergency measures for citrus pulp (G/SPS/N/EEC/62) mentioned very high levels of dioxins found in citrus pulp pellets from Brazil. Brazil pointed out that this accident had happened in the past and that the problem had been immediately dealt with. The Brazilian authorities were maintaining bilateral talks with the European Communities on the subject.

The EC representative explained that "the accident" dealt with 90,000 tonnes of contaminated citrus pulp pellets destined for animal feed. The competent EC authorities, after detailed and scientifically based discussions which included contributions from Brazil's private sector, had decided that the lack of information on the origin of the contamination, the amount of stocks involved and the lack of a solution, justified the emergency measure. The EC representative hoped that the ongoing contacts with the Brazilian authorities would result in a solution before the end of the year.

In October 2001, the representative of Brazil informed the Committee that following two technical visits by EC officials to evaluate Brazilian control systems, emergency measures on dioxin in citrus pulp from Brazil, taken in 1998, had been lifted. On gelatin imports, intense bilateral consultations on Brazilian processing methods and controls had resulted in the European Communities lifting its restrictions on 13 June 2001.