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Assessment Report of Costa Rica's Food Safety Control System for Fresh Fruit
1.0 Introduction

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:

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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