US declares war on cough drops
Thursday 13 May 1999
The World Trade Organisation has given the European Union a deadline of today to lift its 10-year-old ban on the imports. But the EU has said it will still refuse to allow them. It is worried that hormone residues in the meat could cause cancer and affect growing children.
In response, the US has threatened swingeing duties and punitive damages totalling more than a billion dollars.
Peter Scher, special US negotiator for agricultural trade, said "there is still time" for the two sides to work out a labelling solution to show the meat had been treated with hormones. Plans for the labelling system collapsed because the US felt it would discriminate against its products. "You might as well have a skull and crossbones on the packet," said one source.
In Brussels, the acting EU Trade Commissioner Sir Leon Brittan said he would propose compensating the United States for lost beef sales in order to avoid retaliation.
- 2 Question Time's 'passionate highlander' is the William Wallace of the Better Together campaign
- 3 PornHub begs users to stop uploading video clips of Brazil getting beaten 7-1
- 5 The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week
Instagram of US airport security chiefs: Lipstick knives and IED training kits among items seized
Game of Thrones author George RR Martin says 'f*** you' to fans who fear he will die before finishing Westeros saga
Question Time's 'passionate highlander' is the William Wallace of the Better Together campaign
Israel-Gaza crisis: Eight killed in Gaza Strip cafe while watching World Cup semi-final
Supermoon 2014: When and why will the moon look bigger and brighter this summer?
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
Australia facing international condemnation after turning around Sri Lankans at sea
7/7 memorial defaced on anniversary of 2005 attacks with ‘Blair lied thousands died’ graffiti
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
Socialist Worker called to apologise over ‘vile’ article saying Eton schoolboy Horatio Chapple's death is ‘reason to save the polar bears’
There’s a nasty smell in the political air – and it’s coming from the Tories
£30000 - £35000 Per Annum Up to 20% bonus: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: An...
£20000 - £2300001000 per annum: Randstad Education Chelmsford: If working in a...
£20000 - £30000 per annum: Randstad Education Chelmsford: If working in an out...
£12 - £15 per hour: Cameron Kennedy Recruitment: Excellent opportunity to join...