Concern in Panama Over Requirement to Import Raw Material

A proposal put forward by the Aupsa would require all companies that import raw materials, ingredients and food for manufacturing, processing or commercial repackaging, to register with the institution from 2017.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Union of Industrialists in Panama (SIP) warned of the risk that it believes is represented by the draft proposal by the Panamanian Food Authority (Aupsa), which wants to be responsible for the registration of people who import into the country food or raw materials used for the manufacture or processing of products intended for human or animal consumption.

The union, according to a publication on Panamaamerica.com.pa, is very concerned that an attempt is being made to give such powers to Aupsa, when the Ministry of Commerce and Industries is the entity responsible for maintaining a registry of industrialists.

In the view of the president of the IAPA, Michael Morales, the system created by Aupsa for registering raw materials, as easy as it seems, will become part of the government red tape and bureaucratic processes, which is reducing the competitiveness the sector in relation to imports.

However according to Julio Ramirez, former president of the National Cattlemen's Association, it is the responsibility of Aupsa to regulate these types of raw materials coming into the country.



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Panama City / As part of the technological modernization being developed by the Panamanian Food Safety Authority (AUPSA), added to the suspension of the reception of digital applications for Registration of Pre-packaged Foods which started today and continues until next Monday 24 August, the company is extending the deadline for importers to update their documentation required by resolutions No. 031-AG-2015 042-AG-2015.

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From a statement issued by the Panamanian Food Safety Authority (AUPSA):

Panama City / The Panamanian Authority for Food Safety (AUPSA), informs its users that for eight days the receipt of digital applications for Registration of Pre-packaged Foods and procedures for updating / attaching labels, will be suspended.

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