US-EU Beef Agreement Doesn't Do Enough

Farm Bureau says it is past time for EU to abide by the rules.

American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman says Farm Bureau is disappointed that the provisional agreement announced Wednesday between the United States and the European Union in the beef hormone dispute did not fully open the EU market to U.S. beef. He pointed out that the provisional agreement continues to allow the EU to maintain its restrictions on U.S. beef imports in a manner inconsistent with science-based decision making and world trade rules.

While the agreement provides new duty-free access for hormone-free beef, Stallman says it is long past time for the EU to abide by the rules and dispute settlement decisions of the World Trade Organization.
While Farm Bureau appreciates the efforts of the Office of the United States Trade Representative to expand beef marketing opportunities, Stallman emphasized that they strongly support efforts to require trading partners to comply with international standards and fully open their markets to U.S. beef.

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