Washington • The United States is resuming a trade fight with the European Union over barriers to American beef exports.
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is threatening to bring back tariffs — covering EU exports to the U.S. of truffles, Roquefort cheese and other products — to pressure the EU into ending a ban on U.S. beef treated with hormones.
The EU maintains that the ban reflects health concerns about hormone treatments. The U.S. sees the ban, which effectively bars most U.S. beef, as an unfair trade barrier.
In 1998, the World Trade Organization ruled against the EU, and the U.S. imposed tariffs. When a compromise was reached in 2009, the U.S. suspended the tariffs. But the Americans say the deal hasn’t worked.