Panama Wants to Export Meat to US and Costa Rica

Purchase of equipment for quality testing and adjustments in health checks are part of the plan that Panama will implement in order to start exporting meat.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Ministry of Agricultural Development's plan involves changes to the health system, incorporating new technology for quality controls. The aim is to deliver, in mid-2017, the equivalency questionnaire to the Food Safety Inspection Services at the US Department of Agriculture.

From a statement issued by the Ministry of Agricultural Development:

The Ministry of Agricultural Development (MIDA), continuing with its policy of opening new markets for domestic products and in conjunction with the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MITI), has made good pace in the adjustments needed in its health system to boost market opening for meat for Costa Rica and the United States, both partners with which Panama has free trade agreements in force.

The commission responsible for preparing the country to export meat to the US, has presented a report on the results after months of effort and coordination in recent days. According to Eduardo Enrique Carles, Minister of Agricultural Development, in the coming weeks he will be personally overseeing the acquisition of new equipment that will allow for quality testing of domestic products on a permanent basis and the creation of a tracking database, "this is not only so we can think about exports but also to ensure the quality of what we as Panamanians consume".

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