New Zealand Food Safety Authority
Date: 12 November 2007
From: John Lee, Market Access Counsellor (North America)
1.1 Since June 2006, and on a number of occasions since then NZFSA has been writing to the Nicaraguan authorities regarding the listing of dairy premises with them to allow exports to proceed. We have finally received a response in Spanish which has been translated.
1.2 NAZFSA have been advised that Nicaraguan animal health and plant safety law prevents them from listing additional premises until they have conducted inspections of the premises. NZFSA is required to invite them to conduct such an inspection.
1.3 In 2002 Nicaraguan authorities carried out an inspection of 3 New Zealand dairy premises and certified them for export to Nicaragua for a period of one year commencing 1 December 2003. At this stage it is unclear whether product from these previously certified premises is still eligible for export to Nicaragua. Exporters are advised to ascertain whether their consignments will still be accepted prior to exporting and applying for export certification.
1.4 NZFSA will be communicating further with Nicaraguan authorities and the industry premises that have been requesting listing in due course.
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