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EU and US representatives meet at the OIE Headquarters to discuss interpretation and adherence to OIE standards on BSE

Paris - At the request of both the European Union and the United States of America, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) convened a meeting at its Headquarters on the 11 February 2004 with the representatives of both parties. The discussions were conducted under the auspices of the OIE in order to solve the problems associated with the interpretation and the adherence to the current OIE standards in the Terrestrial Animal Health Code of the OIE ("Terrestrial Code") on BSE. A process for resolving these issues that significantly affect global trade was also considered during the meeting.

The outcome of this first stage meeting was successful and will help to reduce differences on standard interpretation by both parties.

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