A legislative panel with the power to pass bills has approved a measure to require complete information about agricultural products for consumers.
The measure is an amendment to an existing law and specifies that the national origin of products must be provided.
Access to information about goods and services
offered in the national market is a fundamental right of consumers, said the bill, which will need one more positive vote before it goes to President Laura Chinchilla.
One lawmaker said that the bill is designed to safeguard the health of consumers, too, because they can know from where a particular product is coming. The lawmaker, Alfonso Pérez Gómez, noted that Europe has similar legislation that stemmed from the mad cow disease scare.