Companies exporting conventional pineapples labeled as organic to the United States have been denounced.
Companies who want to keep selling organic pineapples in Costa Rica's main market for agricultural exports say the act of sending conventional fruit labeled as "organic" threatens "... the prestige of Costa Rica in that nation."A group of member companies of the National Chamber of Organic Agriculture (Canagro) has filed a complaint against a pineapple company in San Carlos.
Reports in Nicaragua indicate that only five companies managed to obtain the certificate which will be needed from July 1st to export by sea.
The Superior Council of Private Enterprise (COSEP warned that a week before the rule takes effect, only five exporting companies have carried out the procedures needed to certify the weight of marine cargo when the rule goes into effect.
Nicaraguan health authorities have restricted access to products elaborated by the Costa Rican company Dos Pinos and two other companies for failing to obtain health certification for their processing plants.
In a circular apparently issued by the company Dos Pinos, the entity may have indicated to its customers that due to non-renewal of health certificates for the industrializing plant they may not be able to continue expending their products until the situation has been resolved.This is the version stated by Laprensa.com.ni, who also explained that the Country manager at Dos Pinos in Nicaragua, Oswaldo Gonzalez Quijano said in the document"... The measure taken by the Government of Nicaragua 'has no technical basis'."
The poultry industry in Nicaragua plans to initiate efforts to obtain certification so that its plants can start exporting chicken meat to the United States.
Since the certification process can take up to three years, the aim of the poultry industry is to start early in order to be ready to start exporting to the US market before the end of the period of tariff reduction set by the DR-CAFTA.
The country may not be prepared to meet the weight certification requirement for containers which will come into effect on July 1.
An article on Elsalvador.com reports that "... the Corporation of Exporters of El Salvador (Coexport) expressed concern in the sector over the approval of amendments to SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea), which includes new regulations requiring exporters to submit their containers to a weight verification process, and certification of the ship when full, or the total weight of all packages of the cargo container. "
Starting from June a pilot plan will be implemented to determine the weight of the containers leaving the country by sea.
The pilot plan will start in June and will be used to define the rules designed to improve the safety of merchant ships. The plan is currently in draft form. Nacion.com explains that the document "... is being analyzed by at least 20 companies and organizations, in order to receive comments and make improvements."
An announcement has been made of a new "Honduras Premium" label to certify the safety of exported fruit and vegetables.
In order to sell horticultural products that comply with food safety management systems, the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (SAG), through the National Agricultural Health Service (SENASA) and the Foundation for Rural Business Development (Funder ) with support from the Regional Programme (USAID) Trade and Marketing Alliances, today launched the Premium Honduras Seal of Approval.
Certification processes in Good Manufacturing Practices in companies in the sectors of food and beverage and pharmaceutics will be financed by up to 80%.
Support for the program "Export to Quality" aims at improving the level of quality defined by companies in the food and beverage and pharmaceutical chemist, so that they can access markets in the United States and Central America, complying with regulations and standards of product quality demanded by consumers. The program provides certification in Good Manufacturing Practices through the development of specialized training modules and technical assistance given to participating companies for which the financial support of 80% of program costs will be provided and linkages will be made with other funding sources such as FONDEPRO and Bandesal to develop projects that improve the productive infrastructure of the participating companies.
The new version is optionally immediately applicable together with the current Version 4 and will be mandatory for all new and rectified audits from July 1, 2016.
From a statement issued by the Costa Rican Foreign Trade Promotion Office :
The GLOBALG.AP Board recently announced the introduction of an update to version 5 of its food safety standard Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) for crops and aquaculture. This comes after a routine four-year cycle of continuous improvement that resulted in the most comprehensive change of this regulation to the date. It is expected that there will be a direct and significant effect on the 150,000 producers throughout the world that have GLOBALG.AP certification
The country will present itself before the WTO to establish that the import of avocados will be subject to certification showing its precedence from zones free of Sun-Bloch.
The request will be made by Costa Rica through the World Trade Organization (WTO), whose Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures meets this week. As part of that committee, Mexico and Guatemala had announced that they would initiate a mechanism of "commercial concern " over the restrictions imposed on entry of the fruit into Costa Rica.
The International Standards Organization plans to publish the new ISO standards 14001: 2015 on environmental management in September of 2015.
From a statement issued by the Costa Rican Foreign Trade Promotion Office (PROCOMER):
New ISO standard will be published in September
In order to respond to market changes and demands, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) plans to publish the new ISO standard 14001: 2015 on environmental management in September 2015.
The air link with the capital is one of the reasons behind the increase in the supply of rooms in the province, a number which is expected to rise to 3,000 by the end of the year.
Currently the Tourism Authority of Chiriqui is running a pilot scheme to improve the quality of the hotels in the province, since most are rated at three stars. At the end of 2014 only 700 rooms offered 5-star amenities and average costs range between $80 and $300.
The Guild of coffee producers has highlighted a need to provide certification of origin for national seeds, not only imported ones, in order to improve the sector's performance.
Currently the specialized division CENTA-Café is the body responsible for certifying seeds, however, the company argues that it only verifies if available seeds meet the required characteristics. Therefore, the Coffee Association is calling for certification of 14 million rust resistant seeds "... which became plants and can be planted this year."
On January 20 a sanitary protocol was ratified which enables the export of shrimp caught in Costa Rican waters to China.
From a statement issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG):
During the visit by the President of the Republic, Luis Guillermo Solis Rivera, to China, ratification was given to signing of a sanitation protocol for the export of prawns, a prerequisite for the official opening up of the Chinese market for prawns caught in Costa Rican waters.