HTML _ 98-861 - U.S.-European Agricultural Trade: Food and Biotechnology Issues
21-Oct-1998; Charles Hanrahan; 5 p.

Abstract: The European Union (EU) is the second largest market for U.S. agricultural exports. The EU's ban on meat produced using growth-promoting hormones is a food safety issue that has been particularly contentious in U.S.-EU agricultural trade relations. EU policy on bio-engineered products has also been an issue. A World Trade Organization dispute settlement panel has ruled that the ban contravenes the EU's international obligations under the WTO, but left open the option to the EU to conduct a risk assessment of hormone-treated meat. Rules governing trade in bio-engineered products may become an issue in WTO agricultural trade negotiations scheduled to begin in 1999. This report will be updated as events warrant. [read report]

Topics: Agriculture, Science & Technology, Economics & Trade

Start Over