Mexico: Michoacán demands increased import control

Michoacán, one of Mexico’s 31 states, wants produce coming into the harbour to be subject of increased analysis by certified laboratories. According to Rafael García de la Cruz, head of the legal department of Dirección de Protección, Michoacán is now losing income because it lacks the required ‘third party’ to guarantee food safety. 

Michoacán states that if it had access to a lab for analytical testing of incoming food stuffs a lot of red tape could be avoided, and food quality would be more easily ascertained.

The Federal Commission for Protection against Health Risks (the Cofepris) has allowed the ministry’s official laboratory to perform the analysis, but individual importers still have the right to seek outside expertise. 

These uncertainties have so far caused serious delays. Two containers with over two million products are still sitting on the docks, waiting to be tested. 



Source: Cambiodemichoacan

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