SPS: Sanitary and Phytosanitary Issues
|Title||(*) United States- Bovine animals and products|
|Creation Date||01 Dec 1996|
|Last update/check||18 Jul 2012|
|Sector||Agriculture and Fisheries|
|SPS measure||Bovine Spongiform Encephalopaty (BSE)|
|Country||United States of America|
|Description of the measure||
Unjustified import restrictions on a number of animals and animal products relating to Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE).
In 1997, US introduced rules on the import of ruminant animals and products thereof from all European countries based on concerns about Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE). These rules are still in place, however they are more strict than agreed in international standards set by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) creating disproportionate and discriminatory trade restrictions.
Demands on alignment to the international standards are regularly voiced at all levels.
(*) In its conclusions of 8 December 2008, the Council of the European Union asked the European Commission "to draw up, in conjunction with Member States, a list of trade barriers to be prioritised in each of the EU's major trading partners ...". These barriers are marked as "key barriers" in the Market Access Database.