Stricter Rules for Exporting to U.S.

A bill will impose more stringent requirements for labeling, product production and processing, and even the prohibition of certain ingredients.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Starting from March, the U.S. will toughen requirements for exports to its market through the Safety Act or Food Safety Modernization Act, which aims to prevent illness from the consumption of imported foods, reported Prensa.com.

"Irma Chong, National Director of Export Promotion at the Ministry of Commerce, said there are some specific changes which Panama has already been informed of by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)" said the website.

The planned changes include modifications to the FDA exporters registration process and that food must now be labeled in two or three languages depending on the target destination. In addition, nutritional information in English must be provided for all products.

Another new feature is the prohibition of the use of some ingredients in food processing such as sodium benzoate, which is used in the preparation of spicy sauces. A product must not contain more than 0.1% of this ingredient, regardless of the size of the goods.

In the case of export of papaya, the FDA warned that technological changes are needed in order for it to be exported. It calls for a thermal system to be used in processing of the fruit; thermal water has the function of sealing the pores which prevents the skin from opening prolonging the life of the papaya and preventing flies from the biting it and transmitting diseases, reported Prensa.com.



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