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Tuesday, 31 January 2012

INTA Committe to help bury the hatchet in beef hormone conflict

International Trade (INTA) Committee recently endorsed a proposed EU concession to help conclude the 20-year hormone beef trade war with the USA and Canada. “This will be a win-win resolution, as the EU keeps its ban on hormone treated beef imports without disadvantaging European agricultural products  while the USA and Canada gain a very useful quota fortheir non-hormone treated beef" exports, stated rapporteur Godelieve Quisthoudt-Rowohl (EPP, DE).
As the EP reports, the proposal would raise the EU import quota for beef from animals not treated with hormones. If approved next March by the full Parliament, the regulation will  allow third countries to sell the EU 48,200 tonnes of duty-free high-quality beef from animals not treated with growth-promoting hormones.
In exchange, the US and Canada have already suspended import duties, amounting to almost $130 million, imposed on "blacklisted" EU farm produce.  Suspending these duties, which hit France, Germany, Denmark and Italy hardest, will enable these and other Member States to sell their chocolate, pork, Roquefort cheese, mustard, onions and truffles and other products to the USA and Canada at competitive prices.

Source: European Parliament

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