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SPS: Sanitary and Phytosanitary Issues

Sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures are often necessary to protect human, animal and plant life or health, including to protect them from risks arising from imported goods. Such measures should be based on the WTO SPS Agreement, international standards, recommendations or guidelines or be based on scientific principles. However, third countries often impose unjustified SPS measures in a way that the SPS measure negatively affects the EU exports of agriculture and fishery products.

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News

  • Singapore recognises EU measures on African Swine Fever and is again importing pork and pork products from Poland
    By the end of May 2015, Singapore will again import pork and pork products from Poland. The EU welcomes this move from Singapore. It gives credit to the stringent and effective EU control measures which have been put in place in EU Member States where African swine fever (ASF) had been found, such as Poland. This important recognition of the EU's regionalisation measures comes more than one year after the first detection of ASF in wild boar close to the border with Belarus and the immediate measures of the EU. The opening is an important signal for the pork sector and for other trading partners.
    29 May 2015
  • The EU is exporting again poultry and poultry products after some trading partners drop their avian influenza measures
    Several trading partners such as Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South-Africa, The Philippines, Turkey, and Ukraine have recently lifted (or partly lifted) their restrictions on EU poultry from EU Member States which had outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). The EU welcomes the lifting of these measures, though country-wide bans should not have been imposed in the first place. The EU had immediately rolled out stringent regionalisation measures for the affected areas which guarantee safe trade from areas that remain free from the disease. The EU welcomes that most trading partners did not impose any country-wide ban on affected EU Member States and thus recognised the EU measures put in place. Country-wide bans are not justified as they are not in line with relevant international standards (the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)) nor with the rules of the World Trade Organisation.
    29 May 2015
  • CHINA adopted a new food safety law
    On 24 April 2015, China adopted a revised version of its food safety law (FSL) which will be implemented as of 1 October 2015. These changes strengthen Chinese food safety policy and are the first since the originally adopted Food safety Law in 2009.
    29 May 2015

SPS Seminar news

  • LABELLING SEMINARS, meat, dairy, fishery prodcuts - Brazil (3 July 2013)
    In Brazil, labels of imported products of animal origin have to be registered in a process which also covers SPS requirements. On 3 July 2013, in Brussels, experts from the Ministério da Agricultura, Pecuária e Abastecimento (MAPA) made three presentations about such requirements in the meat, dairy and fishery products sectors.
    09 Dec 2013

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