Posted May 08, 2009
In a major victory for jamon lovers in the USA, the Wall Street Journal announced yesterday that the European Commission and the US had reached a provisional agreement to end the threat of retaliatory duties on a variety of European imports, including bone-in jamon serrano and jamon iberico.
The duty would have imposed a 100% tax on the hams and was among a number of high tariffs which were due to be imposed to protest the EU restriction on beef imports from the US.
In return, the EU has agreed to triple the amount of hormone-free beef allowed into the EU but continues to restrict beef from hormone-fed cattle. The EU maintains that one of the hormones causes cancer and that the others may lead to other health risks.