From January 2014, Certifying Agencies Organic Products and Phytosanitary Service (SFE),
the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, Costa Rica as competent authority said it shall comply with the new import regulations established by the European Union, with the aim of ensuring greater compliance with requirements that define a product as organic vegetables.
Among the main measures is the increase of the amount of inspections and increased field samples taken for analysis of residues of substances not allowed in this production system.
“This is a new challenge for the country. The SFE will support agencies so that by working together, you can meet the new demands of market, “said Karla Morales, head of the Unit Accreditation Agencies Certifying Organic Products (ARAO) of SFE.
In Costa Rica there are five accredited Certifying Agencies working with 2,273 producers, 68 processors, about 62 dealers and almost 14 inspectors. Some of the organic products that are exported are bananas, coffee, cacao, noni, pineapple and aloe.
The new legislation is contained in the Executive Regulation EU No 392/2013 of the Commission of 29 April 2013 amending Regulation (EC) No. 889/2008.
With regard to the inspection of organic production, the EU granted the status of Third Country to Costa Rica in 2003, with validating the inspections and controls carried out by the SFE for the producers, packing plants, inspectors and certifying agencies.