Argentina has complained at the World Trade Organization about curbs placed by the United States on imports of Argentine meat.
Argentina claims the restrictions, which were applied on hygiene grounds, lack scientific justification and violate global trade rules.
The move follows a complaint made by the US at the WTO over measures Argentina applies to imports, including licensing requirements that it says unfairly limit US exports.
Describing Argentina’s complaint as a tit-for-tat move, Reuters news agency said Argentina’s Foreign Ministry has accused the US of resorting to “illegal protectionist practices” by using sanitary concerns as an excuse for not accepting the food items from Argentina.
A US spokesperson said the country was concerned with “a disturbing trend” in which countries engaged in actions that are inconsistent with their WTO obligations, retaliate with counter complaints rather than fix the underlying problem.
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