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11/08/2017

The heated debate prior to food products coming out on the market

Numerous countries are debating more about regulations intended to guarantee adequate conditions for food and avoid unnecessary barriers in their commercialization.

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Within the World Trade Organization (WTO), the member states can comment on measures as notified by other states, resolve doubts in a bilateral manner, express specific concerns, and employ the dispute settlement mechanism. Coinciding with the boom of global trade of agricultural products, valued at $1.7 billion, notifications related to food safety have increased in recent years, according to a recent report.

When countries wish to exert more pressure in regard to certain measures that may impede their access to the market, they can propose so-called “specific trade concerns” in order to resolve occasional discrepancies without having to resort to long dispute settlement processes (the WTO has accumulated 520 such cases since 1995). In 2016, concerns related to food security accounted for 43% of the 36 cases handled by the Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS) Committee and 29% of the 80 cases of the Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee, which are greater percentages than in previous years, although the figures fluctuate over time.

Please note that this article was not originally written in this language.
Author: Belén Delgado
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