Standardization of Sanitation Checks in Mexico and Guatemala

Health authorities in both countries are seeking to harmonize standards for health and food safety for the horticultural products traded with each other.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

From a statement issued by the Costa Rican Foreign Trade Promotion Office:

Health authorities in Mexico and Guatemala have agreed to work on the approval of standards for health and safety of horticultural products produced under Risk Reduction Systems as a requirement for entry to the respective countries. These actions aim to intensify trade of food products, reported the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA).

At the meeting held in Guatemala City, a further proposal was made to coordinate the actions of the Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures within the NAFTA Mexico and Central America, as an alternative for the treatment of plant and animal health issues.

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Panama Wants to Export Meat to US and Costa Rica

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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.

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.

Panama: Investment in Agricultural Research

November 2016

Forecasts are that in 2017 $12 million will be allocated to the renovation and equipping of animal and plant health laboratories belonging to the Agricultural Research Institute.

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Global Phytosanitary Certification

March 2015

Approval has been given to the creation of a global system of digital certification to control pests and plant diseases which can spread during international trade.

From a statement issued by the Costa Rican Foreign Trade Promotion Office (Procomer):

The Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM), the governing body of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), consisting of 181 countries, has approved the creation of a new global electronic certification system called E-Phyto, which will help stop the spread of pests and diseases via agricultural products transported in international trade, in a way that is safer and cheaper.

Pig Virus Resurfaces in United States

May 2014

Alerts have been issued over a new outbreak of the PEDv disease which a year after its first identification in the country has raised prices of pork to historic levels.

The appearance of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Disease (PEDv,) on a farm in Indiana, United States, has started to generate concern in the industry about the possibility of a new massive infection and pork meat production being affected.

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