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Assessment Report of Costa Rica's Food Safety Control System for Fresh Fruit
Annex A: Summary of the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Agriculture's action plans/ comments to the CFIA recommendations from the assessment report of Costa Rica's Food Safety Control System for Fresh Fruit

No CFIA Recommendation MOH/MAG Action plans/Comments
1 Identify ways to strengthen existing legislation to require industry to implement risk-based food safety programs and, to enhance government oversight through risk-based sampling and monitoring programs. Under review for adjustment of regulations.
2 Implement procedures to promote the consistency of inspections conducted by the MOH. In the process of reviewing and updating the procedures for operational health permits.
3 Consider how the MOH and the SFE might collaborate to prevent duplication of GMP verifications in packing facilities to better utilise resources and, reduce burden on operators by reducing the number of visits. Working on the implementation of Decree No. 27983-MAG-SALUD, which will permit us "To authorize and appoint as health inspectors, in the capacity of health authorities, professional officials and technicians of the Plant Health Service (Servicio Fitosanitario del Estado), Directorate of Animal Health (Dirección de Salud Animal) of MAG, the Production Council (Consejo de Producción (CNP)) and the Agriculture and Fisheries Integrated Marketing Program (Programa Integral de Mercadea Agropecuario (PIMA)), to allow them to perform technical functions."
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