US drops appeal over WTO ruling on China chicken

* WTO ruling against U.S. restrictions stands

* U.S. had already dropped offending measures

GENEVA, Oct 25 (BestGrowthStock) – The United States allowed a World
Trade Organization (WTO) condemnation of U.S. restrictions on
imports of cooked chicken to stand on Monday by deciding not to
appeal a ruling by experts in a complaint brought by China.

Parties to WTO disputes often appeal initial rulings,
dragging out the case for months or years.

But in this case the United States already had dropped the
measures that China objected to — a ban imposed by the U.S.
Congress in a spending bill preventing the U.S. authorities from
taking steps to process imports of Chinese chicken.

At a meeting of the WTO’s dispute settlement body, the
United States did not object to the adoption of the ruling
published on Sept. 29, a participant in the meeting, who asked
to remain anonymous, said. [ID:nLDE68S1PZ]

The dispute was one of several roiling U.S.-Chinese
relations. China had responded to the original U.S. ban by
imposing duties on U.S. chicken imports, and the two powers are
wrangling over their currency exchange rates.

U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk has declared that
enforcement of international trade rules is a centrepiece of
U.S. trade policy.

Like many trade disputes, this one originated in concerns
about food safety — a consumer concern that politicians must
tackle, but which easily is abused for protectionist purposes.

The U.S. had banned imports from China and some other Asian
countries after outbreaks of bird flu in 2004, but the spending
ban — imposed after a series of food scares in China — meant
that Chinese chicken could not enter the United States in
practice even after imports formally were allowed.

China argued that the reasons for the U.S. measures were
unscientific, a claim backed by a WTO panel of experts.

(Reporting by Jonathan Lynn; editing by Michael Roddy)

US drops appeal over WTO ruling on China chicken