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WTO says U.S. ban on Chinese poultry is illegal


October 1, 2010
By Caroline Scott

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WTO says U.S. ban on Chinese poultry is illegal
A World Trade Organization (WTO) panel has ruled that a
U.S. ban on Chinese poultry is illegal – the first such reprimand for
legislation brought in under the Obama Administration.

Oct. 1, 2010 – A World Trade Organization (WTO) panel has ruled that a U.S. ban on Chinese poultry is illegal – the first such reprimand for legislation brought in under the Obama Administration.

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Last year US trade organizations and food companies urged the Obama Administration to oppose a provision in the 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act preventing the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) from allowing imports of cooked poultry from China. However, the provision was included, continuing a five-year ban on Chinese poultry sparked by the 2004 avian flu outbreak. China asked a WTO trade resolution panel to intervene about a year ago. | READ MORE