Under the new regulations, the statement "gluten free" may be used only when the food sold to the final consumer contains not more than 20 mg / kg.
From a statement issued by the Foreign Trade Promotion Office of Costa Rica (Procomer):
The European Commission has issued Regulation No. 828/2014 to regulate the terms "gluten free" and "very low gluten" which so far have been regulsated by Regulation No. 41/2009. This new regulation will take effect from July 20, 2016, at which time the requirements for the transmission of information to consumers on the absence or reduced presence of gluten in foods will apply and the previous regulation will be repealed.
Three neonicotinoid pesticides used in growing plants and cereals have been banned because they are considered harmful to bees.
Prensa.com reports that "the products in question are clothianidin and imidacloprid, produced by Bayer, and thiamethoxam, manufactured by the Swiss firm Syngenta, who has appealed against the ban before the European Court."
Law 41, which limits foreign investment in companies engaged in auxiliary maritime services, could jeopardize trade relations between Panama and the EU.
Prensa.com reports that "The law, passed in June of this year, states that 75% of the shares of companies engaged in auxiliary maritime services for barges and boats must be owned by Panamanians".
This legislation could affect the Association Agreement with the European Union, said the Trade Commissioner of the European Commission, Karel De Gucht, to the Minister of Trade and Industry, Ricardo Quijano, through a formal letter sent in June.
Conflicts over designations of origin or geographical indications are becoming more common.
An article in Elfinancierocr.com reports that "Costa Rica should identify appropriate channels for conflict resolution if it wants to increase its share in the market with products which are protected by designation of origin (DO) or geographical indication (GI)."
With the entry into force of the AA in August, 90% of Salvadoran products will be able to be sent to European Union countries duty free.
"What will happen is that Central America, instead of exporting to the international market, will export to Europe. It will change the export destination," said Julio Arroyo, CEO of the Asociación Azucarera.
The European Commission has decided to restrict the use of three pesticides used in the growing of plants and cereals, after having verified that they are harmful to bees.
From an article by the Costa Rican Foreign Trade Promotion Office (PROCOMER):
The European Commission (EC) decided to restrict the use of three neonicotinoid pesticides used in the growing of plants and cereals, after finding that these are harmful to bees. The restrictions set out in regulation 485/2013 amending Regulation 540/2011 and specifically prohibits the use of clothianidin, imidacloprid and tiametoxan, from May 25, 2013.
The European Commission has approved the use of iron oxides and hydroxides for direct labeling fruits or vegetables using lasers.
From an article by the Costa Rica Foreign Trade Promotion Office (PROCOMER):
The European Commission (EC) approved on June 3 the use of iron oxides and hydroxides on the surface of fruits or vegetables by laser, these components contribute to the marking of product information and may be substituted for labels made of adhesive paper.
The Association Agreement between Central America and the European Union will enter into force on August 1 for countries which ratify it before July 15.
From a press release from the Ministry of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica (COMEX):
Today, the deputies in charge of foreign trade of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama met in San Jose, where they held a video conference with the Director General of the Directorate General for Trade of the European Commission, Joao Aguiar Machado, who served as Chief Negotiator for the European Central America Association Agreement (CAAA). During the meeting they discussed the progress of the registration of geographical indications in the legislative process and approval of the Agreement.
As part of the Agritrade Platform, Guatemala will participate for the 27th time in PMA Fresh Summit, the most important international trade show and convention of fruits and vegetables in the United States, which will take place at Anaheim Convention Center, California from October 17th to 19th.