Sanitation Controls and the Nicaragua-Costa Rica Dairy Conflict

Health authorities in Costa Rica have confirmed that since May they have prevented the entry of products from two dairy plants belonging to the Mexican company Lala in Nicaragua.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

After information was circulated about the alleged closure of the Nicaraguan market to dairy products from three companies in Costa Rica, the health authorities of this country have acknowledged that since May 2016 they have restricted the entry of Lala's dairy products , having detected ".. . several examples of "non - compliance" in the  production system of the two plants inspected. "

See "Dairy War Between Nicaragua and Costa Rica?"

A statement issued by the National Animal Health Service (SENASA) said that   "...The inspection was requested by the Institute for Protection and Agricultural Health of the Republic of Nicaragua, in light of interest from the company in selling its products to the Costa Rican market. Last May SENASA undertook a comprehensive review of all points in the production process that are relevant to ensuring the sanitary quality of the final product, including the system of epidemiological surveillance and disease control; the official safety system for monitoring and control processors and collection facilities. "

See also: "Honduras - Nicaragua Dairy Conflict Worsens"

At the same time,, reports   "... The Nicaragua health authorities also conducted an inspection at the Dos Pinos plant in Costa Rica, but in November of 2015. They also found some compliance issues on the premises, but of a more structural, rather than sanitation nature said Sandi. "

The statement added that for this reason, "... Nicaragua is requesting a meeting to discuss details between the authorities in charge of animal health in both countries. "They are waiting for the Nicaraguan authorities to confirm the date for that meeting," explained Sandi. "

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Milk Exports to Nicaragua Resumed

July 2016

The Costa Rican company Dos Pinos has confirmed that it has received verbal authorization to export its products to the neighboring country, with a written endorsement being imminent.

The milk cooperative Dos Pinos may have solved the nonconformity issues that led to the Nicaraguan Institute for Health and Agricultural Protection preventing entry of dairy products from this company to the local market.

No date for Resumption of Nicaragua Costa Rica Dairy Trade

July 2016

The health authorities have announced that they have reached an agreement, but no dates or deadlines have been set to resume sales of the product between the two countries.

The agreement announced by the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock of Costa Rica and the Institute for Protection and Agricultural in Nicaragua only mentions assessments to be made in plants belonging to the companies Dos Pinos and Grupo Lala, but does not mention dates on which they will be carried out or deadlines for the resumption of bilateral trade in milk.

Solving the Milk War Between Nicaragua and Costa Rica

July 2016

In Nicaragua evaluation will be given to the solutions proposed by Dos Pinos regarding noncompliance detected in the plant and Costa Rica will be provided with a list of suppliers to LALA dairy farms that meet the standards.

From a statement issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock in Costa Rica:

Grupo Lala Buys Dairy Plant in Costa Rica

July 2016

The Mexican company has acquired a dairy production plant in Alajuela and through an agreement with Florida Bebidas will produce and market its products in the country.

The announcement comes days after Nicaraguan authorities blocked entry of Costa Rican dairy products, after Costa Rica denied a permit to the firm Lala to export products from Nicaragua.

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