Jalisco Develops a Guide Book for ProducersBy Jan Hogewoning | Fri, 10/23/2020 - 09:28
With a new free trade agreement between North American countries, new Mexican labeling regulations and an ongoing pandemic, Jalisco agribusinesses representatives have decided to create a ‘guide book’ for agricultural producers. It will provide producers with information on Mexican and US procedures and regulations. In an interview with El Economista, the president of the Jalisco Agrifood Council (CAJ), described it as “a kind of glossary, a quick route so that they understand what they should do if they want to export.”
For the next five months, companies in the agro-industrial sector will receive information weekly from officials of the Food and Drug Administration, the US Department of Agriculture and the Department of Transportation, amongst others. In the interview, CAJ president also stated that for the foreseeable future, COVID-19 will probably lead international markets raise new barriers for food imports. In response, he stated, regional agribusiness is preparing for new regulations.
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