In the 2009 mango season, 86% of the exports went to Europe and the remaining 13% to the United States.
"Despite the phytosanitary barriers, the fruit complies with sanitary requirements, and there hasn't been any interception nor fumigation at ports of entry", commented Magda González, spokesperson from the State's Phytosanitary Service, in an article in Nacion.com. "Mango complies with all innocuousness requirements", she said.
Costa Rican exporters sending ornamental plants of the species Dracena spp to the U.S.A must be certified.
In addition to the certification issued by the State Phytosanitary Service (SFE), the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) and the United States Department of Agriculture, producers must also enroll in the Healthy Propagative Material Program.
European Union technicians will evaluate the usage of agrochemicals in pineapple, melon and mango plantations and packing plants.
The inspections will be done at random, between October 7th and 15th.
Gabriela Zúñiga, director of the State's Phytosanitary Service, said that "In general, international markets worry about food safety, and one way to accomplish it is to travel to the producing countries and make sure that what we send has no contaminants beyond the permitted limits".
In Costa Rica there has been an increase in the incidence Diaspis boisduvalii and Pseudococcus elisae mealybug in crops on the Atlantic slope.
From a press release by the State Phytosanitary Service (SFE):
The State Phytosanitary Service of the Ministry of Agriculture has declared a national emergency for the term of one year, due to increasing populations with the Diaspis boisduvalii and Pseudococcus elisae mealybug which are causing severe damage to banana crops. It is estimated that the impact has affected about 24 thousand hectares, according to data provided by CORBANA and the National Commission of Musaceae.
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