The first hearing on the India-US poultry import dispute is due to take place this week at the World Trade Organisation (WTO). Both parties will contest the validity of import restrictions by New Delhi on poultry and poultry items from areas afflicted by the bird flu virus in the US. India will be represented by senior officials from the Commerce Department and the Animal Husbandry Department, with a supporting team of top advocates. They are expected to explain why restrictions on poultry from areas afflicted with even mild strains of the avian influenza virus were necessary to protect the country from the disease. The decision of the panel will determine if India can continue restricting import of cheap chicken legs from the US – which poses a serious threat to the domestic poultry industry – citing bird flu fears.
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