Mexican produce group touts enhanced food safety

02/14/2013 12:54:00 PM
Coral Beach

A Mexican agricultural promotion group believes a new agreement with the country’s food safety authority will translate into increased exports to Europe and the United Kingdom in the coming year.

Mexico Calidad Suprema officials issued two statements recently about an agreement they signed with SENASICA to promote the implementation of a contamination risk reduction system for fruits and vegetables.

The industry organization said greater compliance with the risk reduction system will enable more growers to achieve good agricultural practice standards certification under MexicoGAP and GlobalGAP.

The organization and the Mexican government are helping growers with educational programs, technical assistance and the monitoring of contaminants. Grower groups for pineapples, papayas, mangoes and avocados are currently involved, according to the Mexico Calidad Suprema news release.

For 2013, about 72,760 producers representing 56% of Mexico’s total certifiable area are expected to benefit, according to the release.

Members of Mexico Calidad Suprema met with Mexico’s agricultural minister Enrique Martínez, according to the release, and the minister stressed that the government’s priority is to improve all aspects of the sector, with special attention planned for small and medium-sized growers.

In the release, Mexico Calidad Suprema officials said the certification push has already seen results in international markets. So far, 45 certified products are being exported, including avocados, mangoes, papaya, table grapes, bananas, berries, broccoli and tomatoes.



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Julian De La Cruz    
Nogales Az  |  February, 14, 2013 at 02:10 PM

Do they have restrooms/hand washing at ALL HARVEST LOCATIONS?

Juan Pedro    
Guadalajara  |  February, 14, 2013 at 07:02 PM

YES, do you?

Cliff    
California  |  February, 15, 2013 at 10:56 AM

Did or are they addressing the problems that presented the mango salmonella issues in 2012?

daniel    
Los Mochis  |  February, 15, 2013 at 11:44 AM

They haven't contact us.

Al    
Tecoman, Colima  |  February, 15, 2013 at 07:10 PM

Here in Mexico we have worked hard to improve all food saftey issues, that is why leading Companys from all over the world are working here in our country. We have no death's in reasesent years from our products, in your case rememember (Cantalopes), what have you done to improve? how about all the Victams and their families? maybe this companys are still working or operating? a salp in the rist wright??? if it was Mexico Company they would have close the border on us. Al Cepeda

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