US-India poultry trade barriers may cause World Trade Organization case
US claims India is blocking imports based on false food safety information
The U.S. has said it may take India to the World Trade Organization over what it believes are India's unfair restrictions of U.S. poultry imports based on false food safety claims, according to reports.
The U.S. may open a case at the World Trade Organization to try to open the market. "Our American poultry is safe," said U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk. "There is no reason for them to deny us access. We are extraordinarily frustrated with India's continued non-application of internationally recognized scientific standards."
The U.S.A. Poultry & Egg Export Council called India's restrictions thinly guised protectionism. The Indian economy is growing rapidly, as is its standard of living and its consumption of poultry," said council President Jim Sumner. "It is projected that India will soon be the world’s most populous country, and its people must have continued access to an ample supply of affordable protein.”
The National Turkey Federation said it supports U.S. Trade Representative Kirk. “India’s trade policies should conform to the scientifically based standards on avian influenza established by World Organization for Animal Health standards, as U.S. turkey producers adhere to these globally recognized standards," said federation President Joel Brandenberger. "The U.S. turkey industry takes great pride in producing safe, nutritious and affordable foods for consumers around the world. Our industry looks forward to providing this affordable, nutrient-rich protein to India.”