Assessment Report of Costa Rica's Food Safety Control System for Fresh Fruit
2.0 Assessment objective, scope and methodology
The key elements of the assessment included:
- Current food legislative authorities, including regulations, standards, codes of practice, and arrangements
- Authority to carry out microbiological risk assessments, monitoring and surveillance activities
- Authority to respond to non-compliances (NCs) where risk has been identified such as recalls, other control and enforcement activities
- Government organization and resources
- The roles and responsibilities of the various government departments and authorities involved in the food safety system
- The resources, responsibilities, functions, and coordination between the parties involved in the food safety system
- Resources and competencies of the CAs involved in the delivery of the food safety system
- Analytical support facilities and programs for example, laboratories, monitoring programs, etc.
- Inspection, enforcement and surveillance activities
- Role of the CAs in inspection, surveillance, and enforcement
The assessment was comprised of three phases.
- Phase I – A desk review of information provided to CFIA through Costa Rica's response to the Canadian Assessment Standards (CAS) tool.
- Phase II - An on-site visit to observe the implementation of the food safety requirements by the government bodies.
- Phase III - Drafting of the assessment report to summarize the assessment team's understanding of the food safety requirements by the government bodies and to highlight opportunities to further strengthen the system.
2.2 Assessment scope summary
The visit focused on primary producers and packers of FF. The number and variety of units visited provided a representative sample of commodities, diversity in size, complexity, and geographical location to allow the team to draw an unbiased conclusion about the implementation of the system as a whole. In addition, the assessment team met with the CAs and laboratories as outlined in Table 1.
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