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EU-USA vet deal could cool meat row

17 February 1998
EU-USA vet deal could cool meat row

A “VETERINARY equivalency” deal between the United States and Europe is on the verge of being signed, which would ease tension between the two powers over meat exports.

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EU-USA vet deal could cool meat row

17 February 1998
EU-USA vet deal could cool meat row

A “VETERINARY equivalency” deal between the United States and Europe is on the verge of being signed, which would ease tension between the two powers over meat exports.

European agriculture ministers meeting in Brussels today (17 February) will be told that a final deal could be presented for approval next month.

The proposed deal under discussion would permit the two world powers to recognise each others hygiene inspection rules for meat and meat products. It would cut red tape, costs and the need for the EU and US to have hygiene inspectors at each others meat facilities.

EU officials say outstanding issues have been resolved verbally, including the EUs regional approach to disease containment, which has stalled the process in the past.

The deal is also likely to reduce the potential for food trade disputes between the two powers – the most recent clash arose when EU veterinary experts criticised US facilities over their health checks for residues of hormones in meat. The meat trade alone between the USA and EU is worth $3 billion a year.

Officials say an agreement would provide a better framework for tackling the dispute over hormone residues in meat although it would not resolve it outright.

  • Financial Times 17/02/98 page 5

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