STC Number - 72

Measures regarding canned tuna in oil

Maintained by: Belgium; European Union
Raised by: Philippines
Supported by:
First date raised: November 1999 G/SPS/R/17 paras. 87-88
Dates subsequently raised: March 2002 (G/SPS/R/26 para. 44)
Number of times subsequently raised: 1
Relevant documents: Raised orally
Products covered: 16 Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates; 1604 Prepared or preserved fish; caviar and caviar substitutes prepared from fish eggs.; 160414 -- Tunas, skipjack and bonito (Sarda spp.)
Primary subject keyword: Food safety
Keywords: Food safety; Human health
Status: Not reported
Date reported as resolved:

Extracts from SPS Committee meeting summary reports

The Philippines expressed concern regarding a Belgian decision to withdraw from sale Philippine canned tuna in oil based on allegations of contamination with biphenol-A-diglycydyl and biphenol-F-diglycydyl. The European Communities responded that some products had to be withdrawn from sale and offered to pursue the matter on a bilateral basis with the Philippines. In bilateral discussions, Belgium transmitted, for consideration by the Philippines, information that in Belgium's view provided a basis for its action to withdraw the subject products from sale. The Philippines reiterated its objection to this action, which it considered was taken without sufficient legal basis.