Costa Rica will apply rigorous tests to meat from Nicaragua
Costa Rican Sanitation Authorities agreed to apply a strict test to the meat coming from Nicaragua
Monday, October 20, 2008
The tests come as a result of suspicions regarding the presence of the bacteria E. coli in a shipment which arrived in the United States this week.
Purchase of equipment for quality testing and adjustments in health checks are part of the plan that Panama will implement in order to start exporting meat.
The new rules provide for the regulation of the use of veterinary drugs, carrying out studies to check for residual waste and penalties on manufacturers laboratories.
Paraguayan exporters have requested health permits to sell meat to Panama, from where they plan to redistribute it to other countries in the region.
Nicaraguan businesses are reminding President Martinelli of his pledge to sell meat in Panama outside of the framework of the National Products Stock Exchange.
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