A Statement from the Ministry of Agriculture reads:
In order to unify criteria and have a Traceability Agricultural Law and a unit that collects data from both livestock and agriculture, the Ministry of Agricultural Development (MIDA) will co-ordinate and conduct talks in order to have a law ready this year.
For this purpose a seminar workshop has been held where the basics of process management and its impact on the operation of the institution were presented, identifying opportunities to improve the law and to have it approved in its first debate.
General concepts were presented regarding international regulations on Traceability, Food Safety, Food Hygiene, a general map of the processes involved in value chains, good agricultural practices, the supply chain, and quality processes, among other things.
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The country does not have a unique product tracking system suited to current demands, where traceability is critical in order to compete in the market.
International buyers as well as laws in the European Union and the U.S., require exporting countries to have a traceability system, through which the entire product journey and details can be known, in order to find out how to act in the event of any irregularities.
Discussion will start next Wednesday on the scope of Bill No. 342 "Establishing National Livestock Traceability".
A statement by the Legislature reads:
Subcommittee will consult with farmers
The Agricultural Subcommittee of the National Assembly, chaired by Deputy Tito Rodriguez, will meet next Wednesday to discuss the scope of Bill No. 342 "Establishing a National Livestock Traceability Program".
The implementation of the system can no longer be delayed without undermining agricultural exports to the European Union.
Oscar Osorio, the Minister of Agriculture, hopes that the bill on Agricultural and Animal Traceability will be approved in three months, enabling the country to meet the international demand and thereby ensure food security.
A bill, approved on its first reading by the Agricultural Affairs Committee, aims to ensure safe consumption, control theft and increase the value of livestock.
From a press release issued by the National Assembly of Panama:
The Agricultural Affairs Legislative Commission approved on its first reading Bill 342, which establishes a National Traceability Program, which also seeks to better prevent the theft of livestock.