Coordinates USG monitoring and negotiations
concerning sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) trade barriers and food safety
issues for horticultural and field crops as well as forest products.
Coordinates technical review of Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops (TASC)
proposals, and sets priorities for use of TASC funding. Monitors World Trade
Organization (WTO) notifications, and comments on those with potential to
create trade barriers. Principal liaison with industry on SPS, technical and
food safety issues related to plant products. Coordinates USDA positions on
these matters with international standard setting bodies (such as Codex
Alimentarius). Advises policymakers and the private sector on foreign
regulations and international standard-setting processes and procedures that
may affect market access for U.S. food and agricultural products.
Staff Responsibilities Chart
U.S. Specialty Crops Trade Issues: 2009 Annual
Report to Congress
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