The food sector meeting being promoted by the Technological University of Panama will be held on April 18th-22th 2016.
From a statement issued by the Technological University of Panama:
The III Panamanian Congress of Food Engineering, COPANIA 2016 is being organized by students and teachers of the Food Engineering course at the Technological University of Panama and will be held from 18 to 22 April 2016.
It will regulate the practices to be implemented in the product cycle from plant origin to the final destination and vice versa along the entire chain.
From a statement issued by the National Assembly of Panama:
The State is responsible for ensuring the safety of plant foods which are produced and consumed in the country, as established by Bill No.299, which created the Best Practices and Agricultural Traceability Program (BPTA by its initials in Spanish) approved in a third debate today by the full legislature.
The deadline for ruling on applications for simplified registrations is now 5 working days from the moment the application is submitted, and validity of the registry of cosmetics and low risk foods has been extended to five years.
The simplified registration process for cosmetics and food is as follows:
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.
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
A resolution requiring food companies to carry out three microbiological tests every year has been suspended.
The Ministry of Health has rescinded a resolution which required merchants and manufacturers dedicated to food processing to submit raw materials to three microbiological tests each year.
According to the manager of the Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Panama, Rafael Carles, "... The move was "inconsistent with the national reality '... the document undermined the entire food industry and food retailing."
The deadline for food exporters to update their details with the Food and Drug Administration of USA is December 31, 2014.
From a statement issued by the Foreign Trade Promotion Office of Costa Rica (PROCOMER):
Every company which manufactures, processes, packs or holds food for human or animal consumption and export to the United States must renew its registration with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as part of the measures included in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The deadline for this adjustment will be from 1 October to 31 December.
Pork producers in Costa Rica are complaining that they are trying to directly export pork to Asian markets, but slaughterhouses "only want the business for themselves."
Porcicultor industry entrepreneurs are trying to open new markets, especially in countries with which Costa Rica has signed trade agreements, but are complaining that slaughterhouses have rejected their applications for processing meat, sometimes citing lack of certifications and in other cases, because " ... 'What slaughterhouses want is customers and to keep paying low prices to producers"," said the Speaker of the Chamber of Pork Producers, Renato Alvarado to Elfinancierocr.com ."
Health authorities in both countries are seeking to harmonize standards for health and food safety for the horticultural products traded with each other.
From a statement issued by the Costa Rican Foreign Trade Promotion Office:
Health authorities in Mexico and Guatemala have agreed to work on the approval of standards for health and safety of horticultural products produced under Risk Reduction Systems as a requirement for entry to the respective countries. These actions aim to intensify trade of food products, reported the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA).
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