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Pork import bans in breach of WTO law



5 May 2009

Dr Brett Williams says that import restrictions on pork taken purportedly to protect against spread of swine flu are probably not consistent with WTO rules.

In an interview with ABC Radio Current Affairs program PM, Dr Williams says any such restrictions would depend on whether there was any scientific evidence showing a risk of transmission of the disease through pork products.

"There have been some WTO dispute settlement procedures adopted in a few cases," he asserts

"You've had a challenge against restrictions on hormone fed beef imposed by the European community; you had a restriction imposed by Japan on imports of apples; you had a restriction imposed by Australia on uncooked salmon and in each of those cases there was resort to a WTO panel and in each case the panel found that the restriction was not based on scientific evidence of a risk."

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