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US Poultry Ban: No End before September

by 5m Editor
11 July 2008, at 8:30a.m.

EU - The European Commission has not been able to reach agreement on its own proposal to lift the EU's embargo on US poultry imports.

Officials say that the ending of the ban will be delayed until at least September, reports TV-NZ.

The dispute over chickens washed in chlorine has soured relations between the European Union and its largest trading partner, the United States.

It is normal practice for poultry carcasses to receive a low-concentration chlorine wash in the the US to reduce the risk of foodborne pathogens. This practice is not permitted in the EU and as a result, a ban on imports of US poultry meat into the EU has been in place since 1997.

View the TV NZ story by clicking here.

5m Editor