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WT/DS26 - Measures affecting meat and meat products (Hormones)

Last update: 15/07/2013

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

EC measures prohibiting the importation of meat and meat products 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 DS48. 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 DS320 for the related case on the continuation of sanctions. On 22 December 2008 the EC requested consultations with the US under Article 21.5 DSU. On 14 May 2009, the US and EC signed a Memorandum of Understanding containing a provisional solution to this dispute.


Date of request: 26/01/1996


Date of request: 25/04/1996
Date of establishment: 20/05/1996
Date of circulation of report: 24/09/1997


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

Date of adoption - panel/AB report:


Implementation deadline:


Recourse to Articles:

  • 02-06-1999 - Recourse to Art. 22 -
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