22 March 1999
EU challenges USA on gluten

THE European Union (EU) has launched a challenge in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) over US limits on wheat gluten imports.

It is seeking talks with US officials as the first stage of the WTOs dispute settlement procedure.

The USA imposed three-year quotas on wheat gluten imports from the EU and other suppliers last June.

The USA maintains the restrictions were in line with a WTO agreement on safeguards.