11.7.3 Costa Rica

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11.7.3.1 General information

The conditions mentioned in this section apply to pork, beef and turkey meat.

The importer must obtain the required import permit from Costa Rican competent authorities, (Servicio Nacional de Salud Animal - SENASA), prior to shipping. All import conditions applicable to the products intended for export to Costa Rica must be met by trading parties e.g., labelling (Spanish language labels must include lot number, packaging date, expiration date and the official number of the producing establishment); requirements applicable to product temperature, requirements on maximum period of time between the production and the importation of the products, etc.

In the case of turkey meat products, available information indicates that all Canadian registered establishments are considered eligible to export. Certification requirements have yet to be confirmed with Costa Rican authorities. In the meantime, based on available information, the CFIA will issue Annex A to exporters requesting it who confirm acceptance of commercial risk.

11.7.3.2 Import prohibitions or restrictions

Pork and beef:

In addition to Canadian operational and preoperational sanitation requirements, the products testing requirements for E. coli and Salmonella in the section on the United States in this chapter (Annex T and U) must be implemented.

It is the responsibility of the operator of the exporting establishment to ensure that only meat products meeting Costa Rican requirements are exported to Costa Rica.

Operators of establishments, where eligible and non-eligible products are handled, must develop, implement and maintain control programs that will ensure that non-eligible products can be distinguished from those that are eligible through receiving, processing and shipping.

The control programs must be reviewed and found satisfactory by the inspector in charge. Inspectors are then responsible for monitoring the operator's controls to ensure themselves that they are adequately followed.

11.7.3.3 Specific or additional inspection procedures

Nil

11.7.3.4 Additional certification

Form CFIA/ACIA 1454 must be used for filing/records purposes only. The Spanish version in Annex A must be completed (including the number of the certificate CFIA/ACIA 1454) and must accompany the shipment to Costa Rica.

Pork meat products: Annex B must be issued.

Beef meat products: Annex C must be issued.
Note: Annex C must be issued for tongues and livers derived from cattle of all ages.

11.7.3.5 Special packaging or marking requirements

Nil

11.7.3.6 Other requirements

The container must be sealed with an official seal.

See a CFIA inspector to obtain certificates

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