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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

  • China SPS chocolate standards
    China adapted its requirement on a maximum level of copper in chocolate. The Chinese follow now the international standard on that matter, which is also applied in the EU. The decision ends uncertainty and unnecessary trade disruptions for European exports of chocolate and chocolate products to China - business worth € 120 million a year.
    22 Jan 2015
  • South Korea lifts its ban on Italian cheeses
    On 24 December 2014, South Korea lifted its ban on imports of non-pasteurised Italian cheeses, including Parmigiano Reggiano and Grana Padano. The decision will widen possibilities of European cheese exports to South Korea. It is a result of a joint effort by the EU Delegation and the Italian Embassy in Seoul, and the European Commission.
    22 Jan 2015
  • Exports of EU beef to the USA - Statement by Commissioners Andriukaitis, Malmström and Hogan (5.1.2015)
    The Commission welcomed the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) announcement that the US will progressively re-open its market to exports of beef from the European Union, starting with the Republic of Ireland.
    14 Jan 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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