Costa Rica: Industrials ask for the elimination of bans on food imports

According to the food industry chamber, the import ban on certain food products "does not conform to principles of reasonableness, technical criteria and political neutrality."

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

In a new attempt to reason with the authorities of the Ministry of Agriculture and the State Phytosanitary Service, the Costa Rican Chamber of the Food Industry (Cacia) asked President Solis to intervene to lift obstacles that have been imposed on the import of raw materials such as "... honey, potatoes, some varieties of spices, pork, fish, green bananas and jalapenos ..." as they are having problems entering the country.

José Manuel Hernando, president of Cacia, said in an article in that "... 'the curbing of imports ordered by the State Phytosanitary Service (SFE) and the National Animal Health Service (SENASA) does not adhere to principles of fairness, balance, technical criteria and political neutrality .... All of these cases warrant immediate intervention by the highest authorities of the executive branch in light of the implementation of questionable measures.'"

"In a letter to the Minister of Foreign Trade (Comex), Alexander Mora, the chief of Cacia said there was no evidence or technical evidence to support the decision to close the border to imports of these raw materials for the food industry, for which reason he denounced them as a hindrance to production. "

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