European Commission delays additional export requirements, avoids dairy supply chain shutdowns
The European Commission is extending the deadline for new health certification requirements to next January which the International Dairy Foods Association says avoids a potential shut down of U.S. dairy exports throughout the European Union.
The requirements include additional animal health monitoring and veterinarian sign-off which the association says are burdensome and in conflict with international standards set by the World Organisation for animal health.
The U.S. is the sole provider of dairy exports to Europe which are used to manufacture an estimated $600-900 million in global infant and adult nutrition products.
IDFA says the extension provides enough time for U.S. and European officials to determine appropriate implementation procedures for U.S. exports.