US may sue EU over poultry dispute
The US may sue the European Union at the World Trade Organisation over the
EU's ban on imports of US poultry.
The Business Spectator has reported that an official, speaking on
condition of anonymity, stated: "The idea that the Americans are going to take
us to Geneva I think is very possible."
In 1997, the EU imposed a ban on US poultry because producers in the US use
a chlorine wash on chicken carcasses. This is not allowed in the EU.
Washington has reportedly expressed growing annoyance with the ban and
considers it a test case for the Transatlantic Economic Council (TEC)
, which it set up in 2007
with Brussels to smooth trade and business between the two giant economies. In
May, the European Commission proposed ending the ban, though with strict
However, EU veterinary experts rejected the proposal, hoping for progress
to settle the dispute before the up-coming EU-US summit in Slovenia.
The EU official also said that the US has not yet told the EU's executive
European Commission that it will be launching litigation against the bloc at the
WTO over the case.
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