- National Chicken CouncilIndia has appealed the World Trade Organization's ruling that stated India's ban on U.S. poultry was unfair.
India has challenged a World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling that the country's ban on U.S. poultry product imports was inconsistent with global norms.
India on January 26 appealed to the Dispute Settlement Board of the WTO.
"WTO Secretariat received ... a notice by India announcing its decision to appeal certain issues of law and legal interpretation in the panel report in the case," the WTO stated.
A senior government official also said India has approached the WTO's appellate authority against the order of the dispute panel on the poultry issue. India had banned imports of various agriculture products from the U.S. in 2007 in what it called precautionary measure to prevent outbreaks of avian influenza.
However, officials from the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC) called India’s ban on U.S. poultry “thinly veiled protectionism,” and said India produced no scientific evidence to support the validity of the ban.
India has claimed that the panel committed several legal errors in its interpretation and application of numerous articles of the SPS agreement.
Parties to a dispute can appeal a WTO panel's ruling. Appeals have to be based on points of law, such as legal interpretation. They, however, cannot re-open factual findings made by the panel.