A new Central American Technical Regulation for Dairy products (Cream and cream prepared) has entered into force

February 2, 2016

Customs & Global Trade Flash

Through Executive Decree No. 39431-COMEX-MEIC-MAG-S, published in Section no. 9 of the Official Gazette on January 29th 2016, the new Costa Rican technical regulation "Central American Technical Regulation RTCA 67.04.71: 14 Dairy products. Cream and cream prepared. Specifications" was put into force.

This technical regulation applies to: cream; whipping cream and whipped cream; high-fat whipping cream and high-fat whipped cream; and double cream.

This regulation establishes the requirements for the production of cream and prepared cream intended for direct human consumption or further processing in the territory of the Central American countries. It includes provisions on the classification; composition; pollutants; hygiene; labeled; packaging, storage and distribution; sampling and analysis; as well as monitoring and verification.

This new Costa Rican technical regulation is into force as from its publication in the Official Gazette and repeals the Executive Decree no. 35406-MEIC-MAG-S that refers to "RTCR 412: 2008 Cream and Sour Cream", with effect from April 21st 2009.

What does it mean for you company?

Costa Rican companies that produce, for local market and/or Central American markets, cream and cream prepared intended for direct human consumption or further processing, must adapt their products or methods of production, in order to comply with the provisions of this new technical regulation.

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