Mexico and Canada to unify sanitary inspection arrangements
Mexican and Canadian authorities have agreed to work on common health inspection criteria for agricultural products, according to Mexico's Secretary of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fishing and Food (SAGARPA).
Canada's Agricultural Minister Steve Tierney agreed to work towards unifying criteria for shipment inspections, with the goal of reducing time and cost.
Mexico's National Food Health, Safety and Quality Service chief director Enrique Sánchez Cruz, said the two countries aimed to reach an agreement on permitted residue levels on shipments.
Trade between the nations has increased seven-fold over the last decade, while between 2009 and 2010 it grew 27% to US$612 million.
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