Statement by Assistant
to the President for Press Relations Fitzwater on
President has taken the first steps to ensure continued market access for
approximately $100 million in
December 1985 the EC decided to ban the sale or import of meat produced from
animals treated with growth hormones, effective
The President is optimistic that the EC will permit dispute settlement to proceed in the interim in order to reach a permanent agreement based on scientific evidence. The EC contends that its ban is motivated by health concerns, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and a prestigious panel of international scientific experts have concluded that use of such hormones poses no health hazards.
The President's action illustrates how his discretionary, flexible authority under section 301 of our unfair trade laws protects American interests. Congress may wish to review this and other effective uses of section 301 before considering any changes in the law that would attempt to force the President to retaliate at times when it would be counterproductive.