US poultry groups support US-EU trade pact

US poultry groups expressed support for recently announced bilateral negotiations between the US and EU on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. The statement praised the Office of the US Trade Representative for listening to recommendations that agriculture and unwarranted non-tariff barriers constitute an important part of negotiations. The groups say one main non-tarriff barrier is the EU’s prohibition against pathogen-reduction treatments for poultry. The regulation has prevented US producers from exporting to the EU since 1997.