Except meat, in March rates went down for all other commodities in the FAO food index, especially sugar and vegetable oils.
From a statement issued by the World Food Organization:
The FAO Food Price Index* (FFPI) averaged nearly 171 points in March 2017, down almost 5 points (2.8 percent) from February, but still 20 points (13.4 percent) above its level a year earlier. With the exception of meat, the indices of all other commodities used in the calculation of the FFPI dropped in March, especially those of sugar and vegetable oils.
After five consecutive months of increases, the index of food prices fell slightly in July, reflecting a reduction in the prices of cereals and vegetable oils.
From a statement issued by the Food and Agriculture Organization:
4 August 2016, Rome –The international prices for majorfood commoditiessaw a modest decline in July, following five consecutive months of increases. The FAO Food Price Index (FPI) averaged 161.9 points in July 2016, slipping 0.8 percent (1.3 points) below its level in June and 1.4 percent below its level of July 2015.The overall decline of the Index was largely caused by drops in international quotations of grains and vegetable oils, more than offsetting firmer dairy, meat and sugar prices.
As of April 26, importers of food and raw materials and food additives must comply with new requirements which includes having a sanitation registration.
From a statement issued by the Panamanian Food Safety Authority:
Dozens of importers attended a training session that was run by the Panamanian Authority for Food Safety (AUPSA), to publicize the new hygiene requirements for the introduction of raw materials and foodadditives used for the production of food for human consumption as well as processed foods and packaged foods for direct consumption.
In December, the price index registered a decline of 1% compared to November, resulting in the largest decrease in the prices of meat, dairy and grain products being offset by increases in sugar and vegetable oils.
From the press release by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN:
7 January 2016, Rome - Prices of major food commodities declined for the fourth year in a row in 2015, averaging 19.1 percent below their previous-year's levels, as the dwindling global economy also triggered sharp price falls from metals to energy markets.
Food inflation in June registered a variation of -0.4% in Nicaragua, -0.3% in El Salvador , 0.3% in Panama, 0.4% in Costa Rica, 0.9% in Guatemala and 0, 5% in Honduras.
"Nicaragua had the lowest rate of food inflation of the countries monitored in the subregion, with -0.4%, down 0.7 percentage points from May. The food inflation rate of El Salvador was -0.3%, down 0.5 percentage points from May.
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