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Argentina Standards: Certification for Agricultural Product

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Argentina Standards: Certification for Agricultural Product

Postby qszheng_forum » Mon Nov 17, 2008 1:40 pm

SENASA is an autonomous body attached to the MEP Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Food, with responsibility for implementing government policy on animal and plant health. It is also involved in food quality inspection. The health authorities in each province and in the Autonomous Government of the City of Buenos Aires register products and establishments that apply for authorization for the manufacturing, preparing, storage, bulk-breaking, distribution and marketing of food products, under standard requirements.

Among other things, SENASA is responsible for establishing SPS measures based on risk assessment, and for verifying imports (and exports) and issuing the corresponding certificates. Decree No. 1585/96 of 19 December 1996. The Laboratories and Technical Control Department is the referral laboratory for SENASA and is in charge of quality control for agricultural products and inputs, protection of animal and plant health, and public health. In 1999, the National Food Control System was established by Decree No. 815/99, to ensure implementation of the Code.

National sanitary and phytosanitary standards are compiled in a database maintained by the SENASA Sanitary Legislation Coordination Unit (COLESA).

Additional information on inspection procedures may be obtained from the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), U.S. Department of Agriculture, Hyattsville, Maryland, 20782 at telephone number (301) 436-8590 (Veterinary Services) and (301) 436-8537 (Plant Protection and Quarantine). APHIS inspects and certifies that live plants, plant products, and live animals conform with health country destination. Also, contact the Food and Drug Administration, International Affairs Office, by telephone at (301) 443-4480 and fax at (301) 443-0235.
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