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Shrimp exports to Guatemala

Shrimp exports to Guatemala

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Thursday, 01 August 2019 11:02

ARGENTINA: Wednesday, July 31, 2019, An audit of the Central American country that evaluated the operation of the safety system carried out by Senasa has ratified the authorization of more than 50 plants.

On Monday concluded the visit of a delegation from the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food of the Republic of Guatemala that ratified the continuity of exports of fishery products from Argentina, after successfully evaluating Argentina's safety control system for that kind of production. Thus, at the final meeting held at the headquarters of the National Service of Agrifood Health and Quality (Senasa) in Buenos Aires, Guatemalan inspectors said that the authorization of more than 50 Argentine fish processing plants to export their production to the Central American country is maintained. Seafood exports to this market started about seven years ago.

Guatemalan delegation at SENASA office

“The inspectors from Guatemala came to audit a series of fish processing facilities that are exporting from Argentina in the framework of a mutual recognition of sanitary equivalences with our country,” explained the coordinator of Fishery Products at Senasa, Fabián Ballesteros.

From July 22 to 26, two auditors from Guatemala,  accompanied by professionals from Senasa,  visited shrimp processing plants in Trelew (province of Chubut)  and Mar del Plata (province of Buenos Aires), and the offices of Senasa in those cities.

The Guatemalan delegation verified in situ the operation of the Senasa system to control the safety of fishery production, especially shrimp, which is the main product imported by Guatemala from Argentina, and made inquiries that were answered by agents of the Argentinian state body.

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“As a final result of the inspection, we were verbally notified that Argentina's regulatory framework, the ways of working and the integration of the comptroller's systems are equivalent to those used by Guatemala, so the guarantees were renewed in order to export to that market," Ballesteros said.

Nowt the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food of the Republic of Guatemala must send the official final report to the Senasa with the results of the inspections carried out.

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