A 10-year ban is expected to come to an end in mid-2008
as European Commission officials confirm that poultry imports from the US into
the European Union may resume.
The decision to ban poultry imports from the US into the EU was put in
place approx. 10 years ago due to health concerns about antimicrobial agents
used by American producers.
It is reported that the Transatlantic Economic Council, a body facilitating
trade and investment between the EU and US, is due to rule in June that US
poultry exports should be allowed into the EU. The body thrashes out detailed
solutions to trade problems impeding transatlantic commerce.
The council is co-chaired by EU industry commissioner GÃ¼nter Verheugen, who
has discussed the matter with his US counterpart in recent weeks. The European
Commission is expected to back the decision at the June meeting of the council:
â€œWe are moving in that direction,â€ said Ton van Lierop, the Commission's
enterprise and industry spokesman.