The us eu beef hormone dispute congressional research service 1 background the united states and the european union eu have engaged in a long standing and acrimonious trade dispute over the eus decision to ban hormone treated meat dating back to the early 1980s. The beef hormone dispute is one of the most intractable agricultural controversies since the establishment of the world trade organization wto it has sometimes been called the beef war in the media similarly to the uk eu beef war over the mad cow disease issue creating some confusion since these two wars overlapped in time. The european union eu and the us are attempting to bury the hatchet over their long running world trade organisation wto dispute on hormone treated beef with american negotiators due in brussels this week to restart talks on the planned eu us trade deal the european commission is keen to clear . The us eu beef hormone dispute has been raised as an issue as part of the current negotiations between the united states and the eu seeking to establish a free trade area as part of t tip 82 some members of congress continue to push for the eus hormone ban to be lifted 83 and expect the t tip negotiations to resolve long standing trade . The united states us and european union eu are engaged in a long standing dispute over the eus decision to ban hormone treated beef exports from the us in the eu market since 1989 the eu has banned all imports of hormone treated meat into the eu and generally restricts meat imports to a limited quantity of non hormone treated beef
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