EU urged to end US poultry import ban
The European Union is being urged by its industry
commissioner to end its import ban on US poultry.
Reuters has reported that Guenter Verheugen of Germany, the EU's
commissioner for enterprise and industry, wrote in a letter to European
Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso: "The US takes the poultry issue as a
test case as to whether we are seriously 'pro-American'."
In 1997, the EU prohibited imports of products treated with chlorinated
water. It was argued that chlorine used in this capacity posed a human health
risk. The European Food Safety Authority is expected to release a report on the
matter in the coming weeks.
"We should also be ready to come forward with an alternative solution if
the scientific advice is mixed or negative, by examining the possibility of
allowing imports while not allowing the use of the antimicrobial treatment on
our own EU production," Verheugen continued, referring to the expected to be
The EU will likely become a net importer of broiler meat in 2008, says a
new Foreign Agricultural Service GAIN report. Exports are expected to decline in
2008 when compared with 2007, and broiler imports are expected to increase, the
Broiler imports are expected to be 650,000 mt in 2008, while 620,000 t are
expected in exports from the EU. The report further states that EU broiler
exports are being hampered by Brazil's increasing market share in the Middle
East and Sub-Saharan Africa as well as the rising value of the Euro.
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