A draft bill proposes placing a ban on giving out disposable plastic bags and non-biodegradable bags to end consumers in supermarkets and commercial establishments.
Fines of between $100 and $1000 would be imposed on those breaking the rules that would ban the sale of these types of bags in commercial establishments, if bill 136 to be introduced in the Assembly is successful.
Members of the ruling party in El Salvador have once again taken up the issue of the proposed banning, without any technical foundation, of the use of 53 agrochemicals in the country.
Although in 2013 the Executive made observations on the decree purporting to completely prohibit the use of the 53 products , arguing that some were already prohibited by international standards and asking for scientific studies for the remaining, once again there has been an attempt to pass the measure without taking into account its effects on agriculture.
The Panamanian Food Safety Authority has temporarily banned seafood imports from Vietnam.
From the resolution published in the Official Newspaper La Gaceta:
FIRST: Order a temporary suspension of the sale of fishery products from the Republic of Vietnam, until its health authorities definitively clarify, using technical and scientific methods, that they are free of the bacteria "Vibrio cholerae" and therefore that the product may be imported and marketed safely in the Republic of Panama.
The import and sale of toxic chemicals and reagents included in Schedules 1, 2 and 3 of the Chemical Weapons Convention of 1998 are banned.
From Decree 672 published in La Gaceta:
Article 5. A natural or legal person who imports or exports, must present to the
National authority, a declaration ninety (90) days prior to the entry or exit
of any substance in Schedule 1l, for research purposes, reasonable use, pharmacy or protection.
The government has announced that the ban on importing firearms will stay in place until August 6, 2015.
From a resolution of the Ministry of Public Security:
It is resolved:
To extend the suspension of the import of weapons allowed in the country by companies duly authorized to apply for licenses from the Ministry for importing such goods. State Security and the security services of state institutions are excepted.
Within a period of three years all processed foods containing partially hydrogenated oils must be removed from the US market.
From a press release issued by the FDA:
Based on a thorough review of the scientific evidence, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today finalized its determination that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in processed foods, are not “generally recognized as safe” or GRAS for use in human food. Food manufacturers will have three years to remove PHOs from products.
Non-tariff restrictions applied by the Ministry of Agriculture put into practice its ultra protectionist philosophy, contradicting what the Ministry of Foreign Trade is doing, generating shortages and distorting the market.
An article in Nacion.com reports on how the Minister of Foreign Trade (Comex), Alexander Mora, "... criticized the lack of advanced warning from partner countries of Costa Rica, regarding recent sanitation blockages that prevent products being imported in those markets. "
From Mexico, where the sunblotch disease has been present for 100 years, Costa Rica imports 80% of the avocados it consumes, but has now banned imports, citing contamination risk.
An article on Elfinancierocr.com reports that the Mexican phytosanitary authorities questioned "... the basis of the decision made by the State Phytosanitary Service (SFE) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) in Costa Rica to stop importing avocados from Mexico and seven more markets. " ... "Mexicans indicated that" ... in analyzing the arrangement to stop the importation of Mexican avocados there is a lack of "scientific evidence that justifies the decision of the SFE".
Due to the presence of the outbreak of the Newcastle avian disease in the north of Costa Rica, health alerts were activated at the border and entry of poultry from the neighboring country has been banned.
From a statement issued by the Ministry of Agricultural Development in Panama (MIDA):
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