China Certifies Beef from Costa Rica

Two Costa Rican meat processing plants have received authorization from the Chinese authorities to export beef to the Asian country, and another two received minimal observations.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

China's support for the export of beef by the companies El Arreo y Visión Comercial was reported last week by the authorities of the National Health Service. Ligia Quirós, director of the department of the Ministry of Agriculture, and Andrei Barquero, Commercial Vision representative, confirmed the news.

According to Nacion.com, a Chinese sanitary mission visited Costa Rica in December. Among the requirements, is HACCT certification (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points). The mission also visited plants belonging to Coopemontecillos and GICO, which must comply with a few suggestions to improve.

Fernando Ocampo, Vice Minister of Foreign Trade, said the companies have already passed the Chinese monitoring and will make their first exports in the next few weeks.

The Republic of China and Costa Rica signed an FTA in 2010, which took effect last August.

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