More Inspections of Imported Dairy Products Requested

Arguing that quality and health standards are not being met, Salvadoran farmers are asking for greater controls on milk products entering from Nicaragua and Honduras.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

CentralAmericaData reports that from January to September 2019 El Salvador was the main buyer of milk and dairy products from the other Central American countries, importing $106 million, of which $78 million was bought from Nicaragua, $14 million from Costa Rica and another $13 million from Honduras.

See: "Dairy Products: Business in the Region for $245 Million."

Local producers are suspicious of the quality of the imported product. In this regard, Alfonso Escobar, president of the Association of Milk Producers of El Salvador (PROLECHE), told that "... inspections should be carried out not only at the borders, but also in the warehouses where the importers store the product."

According to PROLECHE's director, most of the imported product is contaminated.

Mario Espinal, president of the Association of Cattlemen of El Salvador (AGES), assured that what ails them the most "... is the entrance of dairy products, we must always control the borders. That is the biggest complaint of the farmer."

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From January to September 2019, trade in milk and dairy products among the countries of the region reached $245 million, 2% more than in the same period in 2018.

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In 2015 Nicaragua led exports of milk and milk products in the region, with $200 million in sales, followed by Costa Rica, which exported $111 million and thirdly Honduras, with $26 million.

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