GENEVA (AP) -- The World Trade Organization will rule against the European Union next week in a 12-year-old dispute with the U.S. and Canada over beef treated with hormones, according to a summary of the ruling obtained by The Associated Press.
The ruling will permit the U.S. and Canada to maintain sanctions on European products such as Roquefort cheese, truffles and Dijon mustard to the tune of tens of millions of dollars, according to the summary.
Brussels argues that the hormones pose a risk to human health. But the WTO has backed Canada and the U.S., ruling that the bans have been unscientific.
The WTO's latest panel decision will be made public on Monday. It rejects that the EU has properly assessed risks before banning hormones in beef imports, the summary said.