Cochineal in Pineapples Sent from Costa Rica to USA

In the first half of the year interceptions of goods in the US suspected of being contaminated with insects rose by 32% compared to the same period in 2015.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Data provided by the health authorities of the United States to Costa Rica indicates that most of the detained shipments were stopped on suspicion of the presence of the cochineal bug.

Nacion.com reports that "...The amount increased from 213 between January and June 2015 to 281 in the first six months of this year, according to reports sent by the United States. "

Abel Chaves, president of the National Chamber of Pineapple Producers and Exporters (Canapep), believes that   "... These figures must be related to the increase in exports of the fruit. He noted that with increased volume of sales to the United States, it is possible to find such problems. He added that the issue is not widespread and occurs in some farms that have been focussed on for work to be done. "

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