Coopedota, a cooperative of 800 farmers from the Santa Maria de Dota valley in Costa Rica, certified their coffee under British Standards rule of certification PAS2060 in order to demonstrate carbon neutrality.
Since its publication PAS2060 is considered by experts as the international standard for certification of carbon neutrality.
As part of the process to achieve certification, emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) associated with the coffee life cycle (production, processing, transportation and sales) were reduced and compensated to result in zero net emissions. Most carbon neutral certifications focus on factory emissions, rather than the life cycle of the product.
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Costa Rica and Canada have recognized the equivalence of regulations governing the accreditation and certification of organic agricultural products in both countries.
This agreement "... allows free passage for Costa Rican exporters, dedicated to this subsector, to export to the U.S. market," noted an article in Elfinancierocr.com.
The Administrative Committee of the brand "Essential Costa Rica" will authorize its use according to the recommendations of trained analysts at the Institute of Technical Standards.
The Institute of Technical Standards of Costa Rica (Inteco) will be the body which will train staff who will be able to use the national brand of Costa Rica.
Panamanian food exporters not register by December 31 at the FDA will not apply for the certification visit by the U.S. agency.
December 31 is the deadline for companies wishing to export to the U.S. to update their information or to register for the first time before the Food and Drug Agency of the U.S. government (FDA).
Following a lengthy certification process, China has opened up to beef imports from Costa Rica, but farmers say they don’t have enough production.
In a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica (COMEX) it was announced that "The authorities of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of China (AQSIQ) reported that Costa Rica has been officially included in the list of countries with authorization to export beef to China .... the opening up of China for the export of frozen beef meat is the result of intensive work by the National Animal Health Service, in close collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica (COMEX) and the Foreign Trade Promotion Office (PROCOMER) to achieve compliance with the requirements for signing the SPS protocols that allow access of Costa Rican agricultural products to the Chinese market. "