The Ministry of Production, Foreign Trade, Investments and Fisheries ratified compliance with the biosecurity protocols for export products, especially in the food segment, both in national and international regulations.
This in reference to the notification of the General Administration of Customs of China about the detection of traces of covid-19 in a container of frozen pomfret from an Ecuadorian company.
The Ministry previously requested that additional details of this finding be provided in order to take corrective measures, if applicable. For its part, Chinese Customs decided to suspend, from yesterday, October 31, the company involved for a week. After this you can automatically resume your exports normally.
The Undersecretariat of Quality and Safety of the Vice Ministry of Aquaculture and Fisheries maintains permanent control and monitoring of the aquaculture and fishing sector throughout its production chain.
Among the strategies and action plans is ensuring compliance with the National Control Plan (in force since 2006, linked to the requirements established in the Codex Alimentarius and HACCP), the Sanitary Biosafety Protocols (guidelines for the prevention of COVID-19 and Food Safety) of the National Committee for Emergency Operations.
In the same way, the Ministerial Agreement that establishes the Strengthening of the necessary actions to comply with procedures, protocols and complementary regulations applicable in the fishing and aquaculture sector, aimed at the prevention and control of risks related to the contagion of covid- 19, among workers in the aquaculture and fishing industry ”.
According to Mipro, there is currently experience in audits of compliance with biosafety protocols, which are activated to ensure that products for human consumption meet quality and safety standards. Therefore, exports have not stopped, despite the pandemic.
The National Government certifies the openness to address the concerns that are transmitted by the control authorities inside and outside the country, in order to guarantee the safety and biosecurity of the food exported from our country. Likewise, it confirms the good relations with the main commercial partners.
Finally, permanent contact will be maintained with the Chinese authorities to carry out the verifications to strengthen these processes. (I)