Panama: Sanitation Requirements for Food

As of April 26, importers of food and raw materials and food additives must comply with new requirements which includes having a sanitation registration.

Monday, February 29, 2016

From a statement issued by the Panamanian Food Safety Authority:

Dozens of importers attended a training session that was run by the Panamanian Authority for Food Safety (AUPSA), to publicize the new hygiene requirements for the introduction of raw materials and food additives used for the production of food for human consumption as well as processed foods and packaged foods for direct consumption.

Through the resolutions AUPSA-DINAN 001-2016 and AUPSA DINAN 002-2016 , the Resolution AUPSA-DINAN 002-2012 has been revoked, in which the health requirements for the introduction of these foods is established, and this was published on Jan. 5 in the official newspaper La Gaceta No. 27,958A.

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Panama: Health System Modernization

October 2018

Adapt the country's sanitary norms to international standards and unify food import and export systems is part of the plan proposed by the Varela administration.

In order to take advantage of commercial agreements and increase exports to the European and North American markets, the government is working to consolidate its health systems.

Concern in Panama Over Requirement to Import Raw Material

November 2016

A proposal put forward by the Aupsa would require all companies that import raw materials, ingredients and food for manufacturing, processing or commercial repackaging, to register with the institution from 2017.

The Union of Industrialists in Panama (SIP) warned of the risk that it believes is represented by the draft proposal by the Panamanian Food Authority (Aupsa), which wants to be responsible for the registration of people who import into the country food or raw materials used for the manufacture or processing of products intended for human or animal consumption.

Panama: More Obstacles to Importing Food

May 2015

In addition to current requirements and approval from Customs, in order to authorize the entry of food importers must demonstrate that they have adequate warehouses to receive the goods.

With the controversial new law regulating food imports and the creation of the Panamanian Food Safety Authority (Aupsa), requirements for food importers in the country have been modified.

Panama: Health Checks on imported Food

November 2014

Due to recent seizures of products attempting to enter the country without health permits, an announced has been made of enhanced controls to prevent the entry of any food that does not have the appropriate certifications.

From a statement issued by the Government of Panama:

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