WASHINGTON, March 7 (BSS/AFP) - The United States said yesterday it was seeking talks with India over its five-year-old ban on imports of US chicken meat and eggs on what Washington called "unjustified" health-safety worries.
US Trade Representative Ron Kirk said the United States was
seeking consultations under World Trade Organization rules over
In a statement his office said that India had justified the
ban as necessary to prevent the spread of avian influenza, or
"bird flu," "but it has not provided scientific evidence in line
with international standards on avian-influenza control."
"India's ban on US poultry is clearly a case of disguising
trade restrictions by invoking unjustified animal health
concerns," Kirk said in the statement.
"The United States is the world's leader in agricultural
safety and we are confident that the WTO will confirm that
India's ban is unjustified."
Kirk's office said that if the dispute is not resolved
through consultations, Washington could take the issue to the WTO
The world's second-largest exporter of poultry products
after Brazil, the United States is also battling with China over
its steep anti-dumping duties on imported US frozen chicken meat.
The US exported about $5.1 billion worth of poultry
products, including eggs, last year.