EU Requirements on Food Safety

In order to export food to the EU companies must establish efficient processes for traceability, product withdrawal and recovery.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

This was explained Valentin Diaz, a specialist from the European Union in Nicaragua who gave a workshop entitled "Trainer of trainers in traceability, withdrawal and recall of products, aimed at the food industry."

The aim is "... to prepare trainers for traceability, product recovery, good agricultural practices and good manufacturing practices for companies," said Diaz.
"... What it does is seek an improvement in quality conditions, improved sanitary and phytosanitary conditions in all countries, in order to get the best results out of the Partnership Agreement."

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