AFBF Disappointed Pact Won’t Fully Open EU Beef Market

American Farm Bureau Federation Bob Stallman expressed appreciation for the efforts of the U.S. trade representative to expand beef marketing opportunities, but said 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.

“Unfortunately, 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,” Stallman said. “While the agreement provides new duty-free access for hormone-free beef, it is long past time for the EU to abide by the rules and dispute settlement decisions of the World Trade Organization.

“We strongly support efforts to require our trading partners to comply with international standards and fully open their markets to U.S. beef. The United States must continue to work for the benefit of all U.S. beef producers and support trade through the acceptance and implementation of international trade rules.”

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