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Food Import Safety Fee May Violate WTO Rules

Monday, October 29, 2007 > 14:31:22
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(The Toronto Star - via I.E. Canada)

Oct 19, 2007 – Proposed U.S. legislation to ensure the safety of imported food could violate World Trade Organization rules and "create havoc at the border," a U.S food industry official said yesterday.

Cal Dooley, president of the Grocery Manufacturers/Food Products Association, said putting a fee on food imports to pay for increased inspections would violate "national treatment" provisions of the WTO, which require members to treat imported goods the same as domestic products.

"We are also concerned that such a fee could invite other countries to place similar fees on our food exports," Dooley said in testimony at a Senate Finance Committee hearing on how best to address concerns about the safety of imports, particularly from China.

U.S. food producers support increased funding for the FDA to monitor imports, but have many concerns with financing that through user fees, Dooley said.

The Interagency Working Group Report on Import Safety is at http://www.importsafety.gov/report/report.pdf.
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