Plantations to be Examined in Costa Rica

European Union technicians will evaluate the usage of agrochemicals in pineapple, melon and mango plantations and packing plants.

Friday, July 31, 2009

The inspections will be done at random, between October 7th and 15th.

Gabriela Zúñiga, director of the State's Phytosanitary Service, said that "In general, international markets worry about food safety, and one way to accomplish it is to travel to the producing countries and make sure that what we send has no contaminants beyond the permitted limits".

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The country has stopped using the chemical which is used to disinfect floors and eliminate pests in crops such as melon, because of its impact on the ozone layer.

This was announced by the Ministry of Environment and Energy (Minae), adding that the country is the first in Central America to ban the use of the agricultural fumigant.

Bureaucracy Precludes Use of New Agrochemicals

May 2012

Since 2007, the Phytosanitary Service of Costa Rica has processed 150 applications for registration of new active ingredients, which has prevented the application of new technologies in agriculture.

Symptomatically, those complaining about the situation are the companies that distribute original agrochemicals, while the National Chamber of Generic Producers has said it "has no problem with the record."

Europe Reduces Agrochemical Limits for Pineapple

September 2009

Starting November, regulations will allow lower limits for the agrochemical known as Ethepon.

0.5 ppm will be the new maximum, which still needs approval from the European Parliament.

"This new limit will be valid for a year, while the European Food Safety authority makes further evaluations...", said spokespersons from the Costa Rican Phytosanitary Service, to website

Europe agreed to maintain limits on agrochemicals on pineapple

September 2008

The European Union has maintain the residue levels for Ethepon agrochemical on pineapples, thereby eliminating the uncertainty that reigned since March.

Ethepon is an agrochemical that is used to help with ripening and the final color of pineapples that are exported.

The maximum limits were at 2 milligrams per kilo.

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