Meat: One More Step to Export to the U.S.

With the new laboratory for the analysis of toxic residues of bovine, porcine and poultry meat, which will begin to operate as of March 2021, Panama will be able to begin exporting to the US market.

Monday, November 23, 2020

Due to the fact that the country so far lacks a laboratory to certify the quality of the meat, Panama cannot export to the United States, however, authorities announced that next year the situation will change.

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Augusto Valderrama, Ministry of Agricultural Development (MIDA), explained that "... next year there will be equivalence tests in the toxic waste section of the Animal Health Laboratory, requested by the United States, to export meat to that country."

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Laestrella.com.pa reviews that according to Concepcion Santos Sanjur, director of Animal Health of the MIDA, "... Last week eight new tests were incorporated that allow the evaluation of eight groups of compounds, of about 30 different active principles in meat products, as much bovine, pig and birds reason why it is approaching to fulfill the standards demanded by the Department of Agriculture of the United States, in the matter of equivalence in meat products to export towards this market."

According to the authorities, the new laboratory will not serve exclusively for Panamanian meat to access the North American market, since it will also support the quality, safety and innocuousness of the product that is commercialized locally.

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