Civil servants of the Ministries of Agriculture and Health of Central America and the Dominican Republic, and representatives of the private sector exchanged ideas and got to know the experience of US on microbiological criteria in non-processed foods in order to contribute towards the creation of a regulation in the region.
Specialists of the USDA (US Department of Agriculture) and the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) gathered at the headquarters of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), in Costa Rica, and explained US’s regulations regarding microbiological control with the aim of providing inputs for the building of a technical and scientific basis in the Central American countries.
The regulation design is being developed by a group of delegates of the Ministries of Agriculture of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama. The regulation will be binding when the Economic Integration Council of Ministers (COMIECO) sanctions it within the framework of the Central America Customs Union.
Friday September 19, 2014/ IICA.