Panama bans Colombian agricultural products

Panama announced on Wednesday that it is banning the import of fresh or refrigerated fruits and vegetables from Colombia due to the "repeated presence of pests in their shipments."

Thursday, August 28, 2008

The decision was announced in a release from the Panama Food Safety Authority (AUPSA), signed by the General Manager of the institution, Gilberto Real.
"We don't want to take anyone by surprise. We have stretched international regulations to their extreme in order to have the least possible effect on trade between the countries, however the situation is now untenable," Real pointed out while explaining the restrictions on bilateral trade.

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The Department of Food Safety and the Colombian Agricultural Institute signed a protocolo regarding the import of flowers and plants from Colombia yesterday.

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