El Salvador: Registration of Food Companies

An announcement has been made that from March food businesses will be able to register with the Ministry of Health online, and from 2016 they will be able to digitally register products.

Friday, January 30, 2015

From a statement issued by the Salvadoran Association of Industries (ASI):

The Salvadoran Industry Association, ASI, held an informative conference on changes in the procedures for registration of food, in order to inform entrepreneurs about the improvements that the Department of Environmental Health, Ministry of Health has made in the procedure for registering both locally produced and imported food.

It was revealed that Article 95 of the Health Code establishes the Sanitary Registration of food and prohibits the import, export, trade, manufacturing, processing, storage, transportation, sale or any other form of supplies to the public, of packaged or wrapped food or beverages for inscription whose entry into the registry hasnot been made.

It was also explained that the main improvements implemented are:

• Reduction in the number of days to get registration.
• Improved software to streamline processes.
• Shorten process and response time.

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