USDA inspecting four local meat plants

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Food Safety and Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture is auditing four establishments here in Costa Rica.

According to the Servicio Nacional de Salud Animal, the audit on the establishments is the result of continuing to maintain the health standards of all products exported to the United States. This includes the products being properly labeled, not tampered or damaged and are generally safe for consumption.

The agricultural ministry said that this audit has been occurring since Monday and is also intended to verify that the Servicio and the Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería is properly regulating and controlling these plants.

The ministry did not list the establishments in question except to say that they were processing meats The audit is expected to end next Friday.

Once analyzed by inspectors and officials from the Food Safety and Inspection Service, the results will be sent to the Servicio to apply any changes in regulations or requirements necessary to comply.

This could include watching out for diseases in the animals, sanitation, the slaughter and processing of the products, residues from veterinary drugs and other factors that may need improvement, the ministry said.

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