The Region Unifies Regulations on Organic Farming

Dominican Republic and Central America have agreed to unify the regulations governing organic agriculture.

Monday, March 14, 2011

The policies are based on rules by Codex Alimentarius, created in 1963 by FAO and the WHO to develop food standards, guidelines and related texts such as practices under the joint FAO / WHO Food Standard Program. The main purpose of the program is to protect the health of consumers and ensure fair trade practices as well as to promote coordination of food standards.

"The regional initiative unifies not only standards but also the control systems for each country, providing security for consumers, noted Elizabeth Ramírez, Head of Monitoring and Pest Control SFE and in charge of the National Organic Agriculture Program," reported La Nacion.

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Food: International Standards Approved

November 2020

The rules for food companies and producers, on the management of food allergens, were approved. These rules can be adopted by the legislation of each country and thus harmonize the requirements of trading partners.

The standards, which will apply to cereals containing gluten, crustaceans and their products, eggs and egg products, fish and fishery products, peanuts, soybeans and their products, milk and milk products, and nuts and their derivatives, were approved by the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC43), the body responsible for all actions related to the implementation of the Joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme and which focus on protecting the health of consumers and ensuring fair practices in their marketing, reported the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Commerce (MEIC).

Changes in Health Standards required to export to Canada

June 2014

New legislation establishes the same inspection processes for food imports and exports and domestically produced foodstuffs.

From a press release issued by the American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA):

Exporters in Latin America and the Caribbean who market their products in Canada will probably have to improve their agricultural health and food safety (AHFS) controls if Canada approves a proposal aimed at modernizing its regulations.

Potassium Bromate in Flour

November 2013

A recent update of a Sieca regulation is causing confusion because of the inclusion of potassium bromate as a permitted additive.

This topic has been discussed by delegates from the Central American Ministries of Economy, Trade and Health, who have participated in review meetings of the Central American Regulations of the Member States of the Secretariat of Central American Economic Integration (SIEC).

Costa Rica Presents National Rice Policy

January 2011

The proposal provides for a gradual shift in the pricing mechanism.

Within general guidelines, the proposal is valid for three years and aims to improve access to credit, training as well as business management and infrastructure.

"It also contemplates signing agreements for the National Production Council (CNP) to relocate their infrastructure and improve productivity in conjunction with programs from the Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA),” reports the article in