According to the Department of Agriculture of the United States, many exporters of fresh produce to China will soon have to remove the word "organic" from labels on their food, because some officials in the Asian country have begun to increase the application of a regulation , which states that imported organic products must be certified by Chinese standards.
The agency reported that many U.S. companies will have to get organic certification from China, because the China Organic Standards Act states that food products can not be called organic in any language in the package, unless they have been certified, to Chinese standards, as organic. In the past this rule was not imposed as long as the label in Chinese did not mention that the product was organic.
As reported by the U.S. agency there is now a change towards a stricter application of the law and it is likely that organic producers who intend to enter the Chinese market will need to be certified by this country, unless they are willing to change their current practices.
A regional program will support the quality and application of sanitary and phytosanitary measures.
In order to improve access for Central American products to markets the creation of a standardized and internationally recognized Regional System for Quality and Application of SPS Measures has been proposed.
Due to recent seizures of products attempting to enter the country without health permits, an announced has been made of enhanced controls to prevent the entry of any food that does not have the appropriate certifications.
From a statement issued by the Government of Panama:
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