National Plan will regulate the quality of food in Costa Rica

A National Plan of Technical Regulation has been put into effect for Costa Rica by the Ministry of Economy, Industry, and Trade.

Friday, June 6, 2008

The Plan establishes the requirements for fresh and canned food products through 34 technical regulations that are to control the quality and safety of food products offered on the markets.
The ministry will coordinate the management of the Improved Regulatory and Technical Regulations and Consumer Support, the National Animal Health Service, the State Phytosanitary Service of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, and the National Production Board in the practical implementation of the plan. It will first be applied in the Central Valley.

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Panama: More Control Over Concrete Sales

February 2015

The Ministry of Public Works is proposing the creation of a National Asphalt Division, an entity which would be responsible for overseeing the quality of asphalt used on roads.

At the moment, authorization is being awaited from the Ministry of Finance for the creation of the National Asphalt Division which aims to, among other things, regulate the business of manufacturing concrete in the country, as well as improving control of product quality.

Renewal of Export Records with FDA

October 2014

The deadline for food exporters to update their details with the Food and Drug Administration of USA is December 31, 2014.

From a statement issued by the Foreign Trade Promotion Office of Costa Rica (PROCOMER):

Every company which manufactures, processes, packs or holds food for human or animal consumption and export to the United States must renew its registration with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as part of the measures included in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The deadline for this adjustment will be from 1 October to 31 December.

New Food Safety Law in Canada

December 2012

The "Safe Food for Canadians Act" strengthens controls by including the registration of importers as well as a ban on imports of unsafe food products.

A statement from the Costa Rican Trade Promotion Office (PROCOMER) reads:

Canada pushes new food safety law

The new Food Security Act of Canada is focused on improving the supervision of food safety, modernizing legislative authorities and expanding market opportunities, this legislation has already been approved by the Canadian Senate and will take effect after final approval .

Metrology Laboratory in Guatemala Renews Equipment

September 2011

Equipment donated by the European Union will enable the laboratory to be updated in order to provide metrology services adhering to international standards.


The donation to the National Metrology Center (Cenamo) includes laboratory equipment for use with fine and coarse masses, volume and flow, temperature measurement, pressure, force, power, density and viscosity, dimensional, longitudinal, time and frequency, and reference materials.

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