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WT/DS48 - Measures affecting livestock and meat (Hormones)

Last update: 16/03/2010

  • Complaint by: Canada
  • Complaint against: EU
  • Third parties:
    Australia - New Zealand - United States
Summary of case:

EC measures prohibiting the importation of livestock and meat from livestock that have been treated with growth hormones.

Relevant WTO provision:

SPS (2, 3, 5)
TBT (2)
Agriculture (4)

Current situation:

Same as the other 'hormones' case (DS26). On 26 July 1999, concessions were suspended at a level of US$116,8 million (USA) and CN$11,3 million (Canada). The EC adopted Directive 2003/74/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 Sept. 2003 (OJ of 14 Oct.) amending Council Directive 96/22/EC. On 7 Nov. 2003, the EC informed the DSB that it has now fully implemented the recommendations of rulings of the DSB in the aforementioned dispute. The US and Canada disagreed.
See case DS321 for the related case on the continuation of sanctions. On 22 December 2008 the EC requested consultations with Canada under Article 21.5 DSU.


Date of request: 28/06/1996


Date of request: 16/09/1996
Date of establishment: 16/10/1996
Date of circulation of report: 18/09/1997


Date of request: 24/09/1997
Date of circulation of report: 16/01/1998

Date of adoption - panel/AB report:


Implementation deadline:


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