EU, US complain against India over curbs on pigs, pork import

Written by Press Trust of India | NewDelhi, Paris | Updated: Jun 27 2009, 05:49am hrs
The European Union and the US have complained to the WTO that Indias restrictions on imports of pigs and pork in the wake of the H1N1 influenze pandemic are unjustified.

On the bird flu, the EU and US continued to complain that Indias restrictions on pigs and pigmeat are unjustified scientifically, the WTO said in the minutes of its meeting of the Committee on

Sanitary and Phytosanitary measures in Geneva on June 23.

However, India responded by stating that it has scientific evidence of the risk in pigs and pork from the US and EU. India also been affected by swine flu, which first broke out in Mexico and the US, and several cases have been reported from various parts of the country. The World Health Organisation has reported 6,497 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza A/H1N1 infection in 33 countries.

Meanwhile, India has conveyed to the developed world that resorting to protectionist tendencies on their part would harm the interests of developing nations.

Addressing the OECD ministerial meeting at Paris on Thursday, commerce & industry minister Anand Sharma said the interests of the developing countries would be damaged if the rich and industrialised nations resort to protectionist measures in the difficult economic environment.

While reaffirming Indias commitment to successfully concluding the Doha Round of WTO negotiations, Sharma stressed the need for a rule-based multilateral trading system which is fair, equitable and addresses aspirations of developing countries.

Sharma also held bilateral discussions with US trade representative Ron Kirk, EU trade commissioner Baroness Catherine Aston, Canadian trade minister Stockwell Day and WTO director general Pascal Lamy.

Protectionist tendencies have been on the rise in the developed countries with the deepening of the recession in several nations like the US since September last year.

On the margins of the meeting, IBSA (India, Brazil and South Africa) trade ministers said in a joint declaration that aspirations of the developing countries must remain at the forefront of the Doha Development Round.