Those who are aware of the long-standing US-EU dispute over trade in beef with the transatlantic trade relations. This note shows the history of the conflict, beginning with the introduction of the use of growth hormones for cattle raising. In 1989 Europe banned the use of these hormones. The prohibition covers all beef, including meat imported from the U.S., where growth-promoting hormones were widespread. In return, the United States imposed punitive tariffs on about … Read more »

Those who are aware of the long-standing US-EU dispute over trade in beef with the transatlantic trade relations. This note shows the history of the conflict, beginning with the introduction of the use of growth hormones for cattle raising. In 1989 Europe banned the use of these hormones. The prohibition covers all beef, including meat imported from the U.S., where growth-promoting hormones were widespread. In return, the United States imposed punitive tariffs on about 100 million worth of European food imports $. In the years that followed, changed the rules. New multilateral institutions and agreements were in place to put such disputes govern negotiated in the WTO negotiations, the beef dispute as the SPS Agreement of the Uruguay Round. Despite these changes, the story was very similar to a decade later. Although the new World Trade Organization (WTO) ruled against the European ban, the EU continues to refuse beef with growth hormones increased. In 1999, once again, the United States imposed punitive tariffs on about $ 117 million on food imported from Europe. The rules had changed, but the final was about the same. At the core of the dispute was fundamental disagreement about the food trade. The United States argues that the European regulatory process has been captured by the policy. U.S. officials have been frustrated by what they saw as a political move to protect the EU beef market by calling scientifically unsupported claims about the harmful health effects of hormones. The real problem, said Europe was been taken that the U.S. industry trade system caught the United States had upset the entire transatlantic trade relations by capitulating to the demands of corporate beef lobby. Furthermore, certain groups of consumers that it is not the role of a group of lawyers and diplomats trade in the WTO in order to make decisions regarding health and safety. HKS case number 1677.3
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Charan Devereaux,
Robert Lawrence,
Michael Watkins
27 pages.
Publication Date: Aug 31, 2007. Prod #: HKS434-PDF-ENG
Food Fight: The U.S., Europe, and the trade in hormone-treated beef (abridged) HBR case solution