STC Number - 71

Restrictions on meat and dairy products

Maintained by: El Salvador
Raised by: Uruguay
Supported by:
First date raised: November 1999 G/SPS/R/17 para. 85
Dates subsequently raised:
Number of times subsequently raised: 0
Relevant documents: Raised orally
Products covered: 02 Meat and edible meat offal; 04 Dairy produce; birds' eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included
Primary subject keyword: Animal Health
Keywords: Animal health; Food safety; Human health; International Standards / Harmonization
Status: Resolved
Solution: Uruguay reported that the issue had been resolved. In November 2000 (G/SPS/R/20), a number of delegations welcomed the document and indicated that it provided a very useful reference of the issues that had been brought to the Committee's attention. The document reflected the way in which this agenda item was being progressively used in order to resolve specific trade concerns. Several Members clarified that some of the issues identified in the document had indeed been resolved, including the issue raised by Switzerland regarding Australian and New Zealand restrictions on raw milk cheeses (G/SPS/GEN/204, item 2, paragraphs 4-6) and Uruguay's concerns with restrictions maintained on bovine meat by Israel (item 30, paragraph 86) and by El Salvador (item 43, paragraph 105).
Date reported as resolved: 01/11/2000

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

In November 1999, the representative of Uruguay draw the attention of the Committee to his authorities' concerns regarding two recent rejections of Uruguayan exports of meat and dairy products to El Salvador. When a complete import documentation was submitted to them, El Salvador authorities had orally refused to grant the required import authorization invoking the inadequacy of Uruguay sanitary measures to meet El Salvador's requirements. Despite his authorities' requests, El Salvador had not provided the texts of relevant requirements. In 1996, El Salvador had sent a team to Uruguay that had inspected dairy products and meat plants and had received all the required information from the Uruguayan authorities. Since then, El Salvador had repeatedly, but only verbally, indicated to his authorities that there were no impediments to imports of animal products from Uruguay. He requested that, in the light of this information, El Salvador officially accept the sanitary status of his country, as recognized by the OIE and many other countries, including the most demanding ones. Uruguay remained ready to review its sanitary measures in the light of possible developments in El Salvador, as long as the necessary justification was submitted in written form to his authorities and in accordance with WTO requirements. The representative of El Salvador responded that she would
transmit the concerns expressed by Uruguay to her authorities.

In November 2000 (G/SPS/R/20), a number of delegations welcomed the document and indicated that it provided a very useful reference of the issues that had been brought to the Committee's attention. The document reflected the way in which this agenda item was being progressively used in order to resolve specific trade concerns. Several Members clarified that some of the issues identified in the document had indeed been resolved, including the issue raised by Switzerland regarding Australian and New Zealand restrictions on raw milk cheeses (G/SPS/GEN/204, item 2, paragraphs 4-6) and Uruguay's concerns with restrictions maintained on bovine meat by Israel (item 30, paragraph 86) and by El Salvador (item 43, paragraph 105).