Costa Rican dairy farmers have denounced the fact that in the region regulations are not met nor are specifications on labeling and product features.
The Chamber of Milk Producers (CPL by its initials in Spanish) argues that there are companies in the region that are replacing animal protein with plant protein, or decreasing the percentage of fat in exchange for lowering the price of the product, which is not in compliance with the requirements and standards set out in the Central American technical regulations.
The only milk powder plant does not have a lot of processing power, and can not handle all of the supply during peak milk production.
"We believe it is important to try to establish a second processing plant for milk drying in potential areas, in order to process the country's surpluses especially in peak milk production moments," said Willmer Fernandez, president of the Central American Federation of the Dairy Sector (FECALAC).
The formalization of the industry and the harmonization of the rules governing the livestock sector is the basis with which the business challenge presented by Asociation Agreement Central America-European Union will be faced.
Central America has already taken steps in harmonizing standards for the dairy industry, said Francisco Arias, an expert on integration from the Central American Dairy Farmers Federation (FECALAC).
Representatives of producers agreed to ask their governments to exclude dairy products from FTA negotiations with Mexico and Peru.
The executive director of the Salvadoran Association of Livestock and Industry, Lorena Heredia, said the resolution adopted by the Central American Federation of Dairy Products seeks to protect the Central American dairy industry.
The poultry and dairy industries of Central America are seeking special or exclusive treatment for imported products in the trade agreement being negotiated with the European Union.
"Dairy companies have asked for special treatment, and are sticking with their position," said Rigoberto Monge, a member of Central America's negotiating team.
Livestock producers and industrialists of Central America are considering an exclusion since 2007, when they met in El Salvador to consider tariff issues.