Dairy War Between Nicaragua and Costa Rica?

Nicaraguan health authorities have restricted access to products elaborated by the Costa Rican company Dos Pinos and two other companies for failing to obtain health certification for their processing plants.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

In a circular apparently issued by the company Dos Pinos, the entity may have indicated to its customers that due to non-renewal of health certificates for the industrializing plant they may not be able to continue expending their products until the situation has been resolved. This is the version stated by Laprensa.com.ni, who also explained that the Country manager at Dos Pinos in Nicaragua, Oswaldo Gonzalez Quijano said in the document   "... The measure taken by the Government of Nicaragua 'has no technical basis'."

Added to this situation is the conflict that already exists between dairy farmers in Nicaragua and the Honduran government, after it began to restrict entry of nicaraguan milk, citing lack of health permits. The problem reached such a magnitude that the Nicaraguan company Centrolac file a law suit against its neighbor with the Central American Court of Justice in May.

Nacion.com reports that "...The president of the National Chamber of Milk Producers (Caprole), José Antonio Madriz, confirmed that since last week trucks with high added value products from three plants in Costa Rica have been rejected. The problem affects Dos Pinos, Sigma Alimentos (cheese) and Pops ice cream, Madriz said."

".. The dairy leader explained that it is still not clear what the arguments are that led to Nicaragua taking this measure. "The issue is so important - said Madriz- that it is being dealt with at the highest level, with representatives from the ministries of Agriculture, Foreign Trade and the Presidency". The Foreign Ministry could even be involved, he added."

Read article in Nacion.com

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The milk cooperative Dos Pinos may have solved the nonconformity issues that led to the Nicaraguan Institute for Health and Agricultural Protection preventing entry of dairy products from this company to the local market.

Solving the Milk War Between Nicaragua and Costa Rica

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In Nicaragua evaluation will be given to the solutions proposed by Dos Pinos regarding noncompliance detected in the plant and Costa Rica will be provided with a list of suppliers to LALA dairy farms that meet the standards.

From a statement issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock in Costa Rica:

Sanitation Controls and the Nicaragua-Costa Rica Dairy Conflict

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Health authorities in Costa Rica have confirmed that since May they have prevented the entry of products from two dairy plants belonging to the Mexican company Lala in Nicaragua.

After information was circulated about the alleged closure of the Nicaraguan market to dairy products from three companies in Costa Rica, the health authorities of this country have acknowledged that since May 2016 they have restricted the entry of Lala's dairy products , having detected ".. . several examples of "non - compliance" in the  production system of the two plants inspected. "

Honduras - Nicaragua Dairy Conflict Worsens

May 2016

Arguing the imposition of non-tariff barriers, Centrolac has filed with the Central American Court of Justice a claim against Honduras because it prevented Nicaraguan milk from entering the country.

Although the Honduran government insists that restricting the entry of milk from Nicaragua is strictly in adherence to sanitary measures, Nicaraguan producers and exporters maintain their position and are demanding that the government take retaliatory measures against Honduras. Therefore, the company Centrolac presented on May 10 a lawsuit with the Central American Court of Justice, denouncing the closure of borders and accusing the country "... of contravening Community law".

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