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Framework for Promoting Transatlantic Economic Integration, Annex I: Fostering Cooperation and Reducing Regulatory Barriers, B. Sectoral Cooperation--Food Safety

Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs
March 9, 2010


Points of Contact

European Commission:
Paul Van Geldorp
Telephone: +32 2 296 2792

U.S. Government:
Bob Macke
Telephone: +1 202 720 4434

EU Delegation in Washington:

U.S. Mission to the EU:
Kurt Seifarth, FAS; Linda Tollefson, FDA
Telephone: +32 2 508 2765


Framework Section II and Annex I, B.1.


To eliminate unnecessary regulatory divergences in the areas of agriculture, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, and food safety.

Specific Objectives

Acceptance of alternative cleaning methods for poultry products.


The Commission in May 2008 adopted a proposal to permit the sale in the EU of poultry products cleansed with specified anti-microbial treatments. The Council rejected this proposal in December 2008. The United States requested consultations in the WTO over this decision in January 2009. A WTO panel was established on November 19, 2009. Panel composition is still underway.

Next Steps

Poultry: WTO panel established; panel composition underway.

General: The U.S.-EU Veterinary Equivalence Agreement Joint Management Committee met in November 2009 to discuss a range of regulatory issues affecting trade of livestock products. Technical consultations between SANCO and various U.S. regulatory agencies are ongoing.

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