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Mexico Postpones Implementing Traceability Regulation

Published: May 06, 2011
Mexico’s National Service of Health, Food Safety and Food Quality (SENASICA) has notified USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) that the implementation date of guidelines for the traceability of products imported to Mexico has been postponed until further notice.

The stated reasons, according to USMEF-Mexico staff, are that SENASICA has received numerous comments (including those that USMEF helped to develop) regarding the changes, and the Government of Mexico needs to formally notify the World Trade Organization (WTO) of the proposed changes.

SENASICA had previously informed USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and FAS about the pending implementation of Article 89 of the Animal Health Federal law, which specifically establishes labeling provisions for the traceability of animal, animal products and feed products exported to Mexico.

USMEF will provide updates as this discussion proceeds.