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China Takes H1N1 Trade Related Measures

by 5m Editor
23 June 2009, at 9:33am

CHINA - According to the USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), China notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) on 5 June that it has banned the import of pig meat and products from areas of Mexico and the US, where there have been cases of influenza A/H1N1.

On 5 June 2009, China notified the WTO of “Joint Public Notice No. 31 of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine and the Ministry of Agriculture on Prevention of Mexican and US Swine Influenza from Entering China“ as G/SPS/N/CHN/116 and “Joint Public Notice No. 36 of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine and the Ministry of Agriculture on Prevention of US Ohio and New York Swine Influenza from Entering China“ as G/SPS/N/CHN/117. The two measures forbid direct and indirect importation swine and swine products from Mexico and US and suspend the issuance of the Entry Animal and Plant Quarantine Permits for products from those places in which A/H1N1 has occurred. The measures become effective on the date of announcement, 26 April and 29 April respectively.

The States of Texas, California, and Kansas in the United States are banned in Joint Public Notice No.31 (issued on 26 April) and New York State and Ohio are banned in Joint Public Notice No.36 (issued on 29 April). According to Notice No.36, if new cases of human swine influenza are found in other states in the United States, newly infected states will be automatically included in the list of swine and swine product ban. Thus, due to the expansion of A/H1N1 influenza cases, all fifty US states have now been effectively banned.

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