Veto of Controversial Food Law in Panama

The bill to reform the decree that created the Panamanian Food Authority has been vetoed by President Varela, amid pressure from the agricultural sector.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The presidential veto over the bill comes days after the Panamanian guild of private companies asked the executive branch to intervene, amid protests by agricultural producers in the province of Chiriquí. 

With the legal reform, the intention was to allow "... national producers to be on the board of the AUPSA, and to repeal two articles concerning the obligation of officials to ratify imports in 30 days, under penalty of criminal and administrative charges."

From a statement issued by the Presidency of Panama:

Bill 443, which reforms the Panamanian Authority for Food Safety (AUPSA), was partially vetoed, at the same time the setting up of a Work Table was announced in order to reach an agreement between the different opinions that exist in the sector concerning this issue.

The Bureau of Labor will be headed by the Government the Ministries of Agricultural Development, Health and Trade, as well as authorities of the AUPSA. 

The Minister of MIDA, Eduardo Carles will coordinate the Work Table whose purpose is try to bring together the different opinions on the subject.

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