Assessment Report of Costa Rica's Food Safety Control System for Fresh Fruit
An assessment of Costa Rica's food safety control system for fresh fruit (FF) was conducted in Costa Rica from February 26 to March 9, 2018, by a team from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) Food Import and Export Division. The ten-day mission included:
- interviews with Costa Rica's competent authorities (CAs) involved in the implementation and oversight of the food safety controls for FF (the MOH and the MAG)
- visits to facilities involved in the primary production, packaging, storage and export of various FF (melons, papayas, pineapples) – including fields and packing facilities
- visits to the government laboratories involved in the testing of fresh produce and water including: the microbiology and chemistry laboratories of the Costa Rican Institute for Research and Education in Nutrition and Health (Instituto Costarricense de Investigacion y Ensenanza en Nutricion y Salud; INCIENSA), the MAG Laboratory for the Analysis of Agrochemical Residues (Laboratorio de Análisis de Residuos de Agroquimicos; LRE), and the National Water Laboratory (Laboratorio nacional des aguas; LNA)
An opening meeting was held with the CAs on February 26, 2018. During this meeting, the CFIA explained the objectives and the technical aspects of the assessment. The CAs provided an overview of their roles and responsibilities.
From February 27 to March 7, 2018, the team visited farms and packing facilities that produce/pack FF for export. Representatives of the CAs accompanied the assessment team throughout the visit.
A closing meeting was held on March 9, 2018, to summarize the observations of the team, including opportunities to further strengthen the national food safety system.
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