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Assessment Report of Costa Rica's Food Safety Control System for Fresh Fruit
10.0 Conclusion and recommendations

As a result of this visit, the CFIA assessment team has established a general understanding of Costa Rica's food safety program and, a solid foundation for good working relations with the MOH and the MAG.

Costa Rica acknowledged the observations and recommendations presented by the CFIA team and expressed their future interest in collaboration.

The CFIA encourages Costa Rica to find ways to strengthen their existing legislation to require industry to implement risk-based food safety programs and, to enhance government oversight through risk-based sampling and monitoring programs.

Both the MOH and the SFE have responsibilities to conduct GMP inspections of packing operations. They could consider how they might collaborate to prevent duplication of work to better utilise resources and, reduce burden on operators by reducing the number of visits.

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