The U.S. Trade Representative this week announced a meaningful first step in the longstanding trade dispute between the United Sates and European Union over the use of growth promotants in cattle. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association has been working closely with industry and USTR on this issue for several years.
"We appreciate the leadership and persistence of Ambassador Kirk and his USTR team in getting this process moving in the right direction after 20 years of unsuccessful efforts,” said Gregg Doud, NCBA chief economist. “Once approved, this will be a positive step forward in our goal of expanding
Under the current tariff-rate quota, the EU allows 11,500 metric tons of hormone-free, high-quality, grain-fed (“Hilton”) beef imports each year from the
The EU has cited the use of growth-promoting hormones in U.S. cattle as the reason for imposing a trade barrier on U.S. beef for the past 20 years — despite the fact that these growth promotants have all been scientifically proven safe through rigorous Food and Drug Administration testing.
In response to the EU’s unjustified trade barrier, the
“This accommodation conceded nothing in terms of the science; it is simply changing the terms of the payment plan,” Doud explained. “This gives the