STC Number - 58

Notification on refrigeration and labelling requirements for shell eggs

Maintained by: United States of America
Raised by: European Union
Supported by:
First date raised: November 1998 G/SPS/R/13 paras. 37-38
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised: 0
Relevant documents: G/SPS/N/USA/133 RD/SPS/114
Products covered: 0407 Birds' eggs, in shell, fresh, preserved or cooked.
Primary subject keyword: Food safety
Keywords: Equivalence; Food safety; Human health; Risk assessment
Status: Resolved
Solution: In October 2020, information was received from the European Union on the resolution of this STC (RD/SPS/114, 29 October 2020).
Date reported as resolved: 05/11/2020

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

In November 1998, the EC representative queried whether the US measure was based on a risk assessment and if such risk assessment was available. Moreover, he sought written clarification from the United States on the non-application of the measure to certain types of production units, those with 3,000 or less hens, and asked whether the United States could explain the discrimination between imported eggs and some domestic eggs. He also inquired whether the US authorities would accept to consider equivalent measures, as provided for in Article 4 of the SPS Agreement.

The representative of the United States responded that the US measure was based on a risk assessment which was available on Internet, but which he would nevertheless provide to the European Communities. He welcomed the EC request for consideration of equivalence of measures and indicated that the United States would respond to the more technical questions in due course.

In November 2020, the Secretariat informed that in September 2020 it had contacted all Members who had raised specific trade concerns (STCs) that had not been discussed in the previous year, to request an update on their status. In furtherance of this request, information was received from the European Union on the resolution of this STC. The Secretariat indicated that the information received had been circulated in document RD/SPS/114 of 29 October 2020, and that the SPS IMS would be updated on this basis, using the date of the November 2020 SPS Committee meeting as the date of resolution of the relevant STCs.