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WTO appeals panel faults EU hormone ruling

WTO appeals panel faults EU hormone ruling

The World Trade Organization ruled Thursday that the European Union can continue banning imports of hormone-treated beef from the United States and Canada, but those countries can also impose trade sanctions on Brussels for doing so.
Both Brussels and Washington welcomed the decision, which reverses an earlier WTO panel ruling.
"In 1999 ... the United States obtained authorization from the WTO to suspend concessions and impose additional duties on certain EU products," the office of U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab said. "In light of today's report, there is no need to remove those duties," it added.
EU Trade Spokesman Peter Power said the ruling was an important decision because the panel had found no scientific basis for questioning the legality of the 27-nation European Union's import ban.
"These clarifications will strengthen WTO members' ability to protect citizens," he said.
The World Trade Organization appeals body said the previous panel made several legal errors when it reviewed the dispute, including appointing scientific experts who were not impartial.
The appeals body said the European Union's compliance with World Trade Organization rules still must be scientifically established.
The EU says beef treated with hormones poses a risk to human health, a claim the U.S. and Canada dispute.


Updated : 2021-10-18 00:55 GMT+08:00