A statement from the Trade Office of Costa Rica reads:
The food standards body of the UN has set new standards in order to protect consumer health, among which is the inclusion of a maximum level for melamine in liquid infant formula, food safety for seafood, melons and dry fruits.
Melamine: two years ago the Codex commission adopted a maximum level for melamine in 1 mg / kg for infant formula powder and 2.5 mg / kg for other foods and feeds, the Commission has now established a new ceiling 0.15 mg / kg in liquid infant formula. Melanin is also used to make tableware, kitchen utensils, among other things, so the new limit will allow governments to determine if the levels detected are the result of unavoidable contamination which do not cause health problems or deliberate adulteration.
Dry goods: Aflatoxins are a variety of mycotoxins produced by molds which are toxic and (at high levels) carcinogenic present in dried fruits, spices and cereals if they are not stored properly. The Commission has agreed to a maximum safety limit of 10 micrograms per kilogram for dried figs, as well as instructions for performing sampling.
In the European Union the maximum level of perchlorate in fruits and vegetables is 0.5 mg / kg, and 0.2 mg / kg in citrus fruits, tubers, grapes, spinach, melons and watermelons.
From an article by the Costa Rican Foreign Trade Promotion Office (PROCOMER):
The Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health of the European Union has agreed to set maximum permitted levels of perchlorate in food and has asked all member states of the European Union and traders to monitor compliance with these standards, especially in the case of fruits and vegetables from greenhouses.
A new technology has been developed which reduces the moisture emitted by fruits and vegetables when processing dry products.
From a press release issued by the Costa Rican Foreign Trade Promotion Office:
Taura Natural Ingredients, a company which is a world leader in concentrated fruit products, has developed a series of products such as fruit pieces, flakes and pastes using Ultra Rapid Concentration (URC ®).
The Panamanian Authority for Food Safety has suspended the importation of bananas from Costa Rica.
A press release from the Panamanian Authority for Food Safety reads:
AUPSA DESTROYED AND SUSPENDED IMPORTED FRUIT FROM COSTA RICA
Monday, October 17, 2011
Panama City / The Panamanian Authority for Food Safety (AUPSA) issued a resolution suspending the importation of bananas from the sister republic of Costa Rica due to the detection of carbamate and suspicion of organophosphate in samples analyzed by the Laboratory of Pesticide Testing at the Ministry of Agriculture located in Volcán.
NSF International, a food security training and certification company, will open in Costa Rica on April 15.
Its offices will be located in San José, the capital city. From there, NSF Costa Rica will assist companies in complying with new global requirements in food safety standards, regulations and sustainability issues.
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