Skip to comments.WTO rules against US ban on China poultry products
Posted on 06/17/2010 9:08:41 AM PDT by day21221
WTO rules against US ban on China poultry products
K J M Varma
Beijing, June 17 (PTI) China won the dispute with the US over a ban on its poultry imports after the World Trade Organisation ruled the American curbs on Chinese poultry were violating international trade laws, says a media report.
State newspaper, China Daily said in a report the US ban violated Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS) Agreement, that mandates how governments can apply food safety, animal and plant health measures, as well as most-favored-nation treatment and general elimination of quantitative restrictions provided under the WTO framework.
As per WTO regulations US can appeal against the decision, but in case of it losing the appeal, the ruling will be considered as the final verdict.
China has won an interim ruling over the US ban on Chinese poultry exports from World Trade Organisation, which ruled the American curbs on Chinese poultry were violating international trade laws, the China Daily reported today.
The report said that the US ban violated the WTO's Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures that govern food safety measures in global trade, regulations on most-favoured-nation treatment and general elimination of quantitative restrictions under the WTO framework.
According to the report this was the first time that China had challenged US laws.
It quoted a Chinese commerce ministry official as saying, that the US was unlikely to attempt a similar ban next fiscal year, "for it will be regarded as open defiance of the latest WTO ruling."
The case is still under inquiry and the final ruling would depend on the US lodging an appeal under WTO regulations. If it were to lose again, the interim ruling would automaticcally become the final verdict.
The US ban on poultry imports refers to provision 727 of its the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009 that was passed by the US Congress and became law March 2009, prohibiting the US government from paying for the import of any poultry products from China.
In April China lodged a appeal against this law with the WTO, saying it violated the world body's global trade rules.
The WTO upheld the Chinese contention, deeming the paymetn restriction imposed on the government by the US Congress, as a de facto ban on Chinese poultry products.
the truth hurt
America has one vote
“...These families are doing their best in a tough economy that they didnt create....”
Excuse me - any fools who voted democratic indeed aided in the creation of the though economy.
good buy more American JOBS
Hong Kong (HKSAR) - The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of¡@Health received notification from the Ministry of Health (MoH) last night (June 4) concerning a confirmed human case of avian influenza H5N1 in Hubei Province. A CHP spokesman said the patient was a 22-year-old woman living in Hubei. She developed symptoms on May 23 and passed away on June 3.
The woman had history of exposure to dead sick poultry before the onset of symptoms. Laboratory tests on the patient’s specimen by the Chinese Centre for Diseases Control and Prevention yielded positive result for H5N1. The CHP is maintaining close liaison with the MoH to obtain more information on the case.
The spokesman reminded members of the public to remain vigilant against avian influenza infection and to observe the following measures: *Avoid direct contact with poultry and birds or their droppings; if contacts have been made, they should wash hands thoroughly with soap and water; *Poultry and eggs should be thoroughly cooked before eating; *Wash hands frequently; *Cover nose and mouth while sneezing or coughing, hold the spit with tissue and put it into covered dustbins; *Avoid crowded places and contact with sick people with fever; *Wear a mask when you have respiratory symptoms or need to take care of patients with fever; *When you have fever and influenza-like illnesses during a trip or when coming back to Hong Kong, you should consult doctors promptly and reveal your travel history. For further information on avian influenza, please visit the CHP website: www.chp.gov.hk .
listen to it the truth hurt
OK how about we restrick what US Ports that Chinese poultry products enter the US to New Orleans, Miami and Houston and we restrict the usage of such “products” to gator farms in FL, LA and TX.
We don’t buy ANY food product from China. We read EVERY label on food we purchase. If I can’t find something not made in China we do without or substitute.
one more Idiot Award to the “China is our friend” Bush administration. Let’s let them in to the WTO, and give them MFN status, too.
Buying American is one of the resons I prefer Meijer stores over Walmart. The prices are competitive and the have a buy local/sell local policy for food.
Obviously they can’t buy local year round on all things but they make an attempt.
All Obama has to do is issue a warning not to eat chinese foods due to safety reasons, maybe they can dramatize someone who got sick. That would solve that problem. The Chinese foods would not be bought.
There's just no substitute for that human hair soy sauce.
Never put anything from China in your mouth.
How’s that WTO case for currency manipulation against China coming along?
5 year old dead chickens in my tacos? no thanks
At the risk of sounding like an anarchist, why in the world would there be such a thing as "an international trade law"?
The Founding Fathers would be enraged that the US would cede it's sovereignty to an international governing board, especially when it comes to how the US - a sovereign nation - negotiates, enforces or withdraws from it's own trade agreements.
Joining the WTO was a HUGE mistake. It was designed expressly to take pressure and responsibility from precisely where it should be and solely - our duly elected political representatives.
Drywall,vitamins,child toys, now food bookmark.
Outside of a handful of Midwest states, Meijers doesn't exist. I do shop there when we're home in Columbus, but in Florida there's really no equivalent.
Wholefoods is a great store with a tremendous selection of locally sourced products/produce. But, they are really pricey. Meijer's had a great selection, but is reasonably priced.
...forgot dog food bookmark.
I have been buying from Meijer on-line for known products. I avoid Walmart as much as possible. Obviously we aren’t 100% sure on everything but we do not buy preprocessed packaged food items and if it isn’t marked for country of origin then we do without. The flour I buy to make our bread comes the USA. Did you know that marinated artichoke hearts come from Peru - Yikes (at least the ones offered in all stores here)
I’m with you. I bought some cooking spray and after I got it home happened to look at the label - China. It would never have occurred to me that cooking spray would come from China! So now I check everything that’s an off-brand.
Joining the WTO and the IMF was no mistake when our country was economically dominant and could use these agencies to strong arm weaker economies into complying with U.S commercial interests.
Unfortunately, there are now several economies(EU, China, Japan...etc) of comparable scale, and they want to use these agencies to further their own interests.
“of comparable scale, and they want to use these agencies to further their own interests.”
Which is what leaders of countries are supposed to do.
Passed with CAFTA under Bush.
I imagine McD’s and BK are very happy over ths decision.
The day when 250,000 American children are poisoned by Chineese Apple Juice (Which is like almost all of our AJ nowadays) is the day that maybe we all wake up.