Rice Fortification Project in Panama

The National Assembly will discuss a bill on rice fortification next Wednesday.

Friday, April 3, 2009

The project consists of fortifying white rice with vitamins and minerals where the government would provide a premix of fortified grain to millers and packers who should then add it to their production.
Producers must get the premix from warehouses indicated by the Institute of Agricultural Marketing.

According to a report in pa-digital.com.pa, the Costa Rican company NTQ Group is interested in participating as a bidder in this project. This company already provides fortified grains to the Sirino Lake Mill in Panama.

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Costa Rica: Forum on Food Ingredients

November 2014

On November 25 domestic and foreign experts will be gathering together in San Jose to discuss the transformation and innovation of ingredients in the face of new food trends.

From a statement from the Costa Rican Chamber of the Food Industry (CACIA):

Ingredient suppliers have endeavored to present developments that meet new nutritional trends, in order to create products with different nutritional characteristics, according to the needs of consumers. For example, foods made from traditional nutrients have always existed, however, the ingredients industry shows a highly developed range of options for innovation in markets for products with reduced sugar, fat and sodium.

Rice Problem In Costa Rica Becomes International

October 2011

Local problems generated by fixing the price of the grain have extended to the international arena, sparking protests from exporting countries affected by non-tariff related barriers put in effect.

Argentina's ambassador sent a protest letter to the local Foreign Ministry regarding the requirement that the husked rice imported by Costa Rica be fortified with vitamins in its country of origin.

Costa Rica Activate Barriers to Rice Imports

October 2011

In what seems to be a reaction caused by the rice lobby, the government is now requiring imported rice to be fortified in its country of origin.

11,400 quintals of grain loaded into 21 containers have been detained in the port of Limon, because they violate a rule which states that unhusked rice must have vitamins added to it in its country of origin.

Panama Approves Rice Fortification Project

July 2009

The Assembly approved the investment of $1.8 million a year for the rice fortification program on the national level.

The Law defines a term of 6 months for milling companies and packagers incorporate a mixture that contains various nutrients, and dosage machines that can do the job.

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