FDA rejects 18 Honduras products

The United States Food and Drug Administration has rejected 18 products from Honduras because they were not properly labelled or they fail to comply with phytosanitary requirements.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Robert Armstrong, a U.S. embassy official in Honduras, said the products with entry problems represent a small proportion of the total trade with this country, which has been growing by 20 percent per year.
"We shouldn't focus on a few cases with problems because this happens when there is a lot of trade," he said.
Honduras Agriculture Secretary Héctor Hernández said he has received a list of products prepared by small businesses that are not allowed to enter the U.S. but he hopes most of the problems will be fixed over the next two weeks.

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