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U.S. Officials Say WTO Win Over India Will Help Open Markets

US Trade Representative Michael Froman addresses a panel discussion in Kuala Lumpur on May 7, 2015. US President Barack Obama
US Trade Representative Michael Froman addresses a panel discussion in Kuala Lumpur on May 7, 2015. US President Barack Obamas principal advisor on international trade and investment issues, Froman attended the discussion on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANA (Photo credit should read MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, June 4 (Reuters) - A win for the United States in a dispute with India over restrictions on U.S. poultry and egg imports will help lower trade barriers and open new markets for U.S. farmers, U.S. officials said on Thursday.

The World Trade Organization appellate body upheld an earlier ruling that India's import restrictions were not based on international standards on animal health and were discriminatory.

"I welcome this win, which will help us eliminate unjustified trade barriers so U.S. farmers can sell high quality U.S. agricultural products to customers around the world," U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said in a statement.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said: "This is a major win for U.S. agriculture and, in particular, the U.S poultry industry." (Reporting by Krista Hughes; Editing by Bill Trott)

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