Guatemala: Lack of Certification Limits Cattle Exports

Of the 265 existing slaughterhouses, only four have the health certifications needed to export.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Deputy Economy Minister for Foreign Trade and Integration, Raul Trejo, added that the market has potential but there must be incentives and a national effort to implement monitor and control programs in order to reach international standards.

Sigloxxi.com.gt adds in their article, "Congress has stalled the Animal and Plant Health Act initiative, intended to regulate all aspects related to production, processing, manufacturing, management, marketing and marketing of products and by-products from livestock and agricultural production. The president of the Legislative Committee on Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Juan Manuel Giordano Estrada, stated that the proposal is stuck and that they are analyzing the possibility to reactivate the process and turn it into law."



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The plants to be certified include beef processors and any other agro-industrial plant which intends to export to the Asian country.

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Following a lengthy certification process, China has opened up to beef imports from Costa Rica, but farmers say they don’t have enough production.

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Costa Rica continues its attempts to open up new export markets for products of animal origin, by receiving Russian health authorities who are conducting an audit visit which runs from May 22 until June 1.

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