Brazilian delegation supervises sanitary control systems
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Lucio Akio Kikuchi, head of the Brazilian delegation (Photo: SERNAPESCA)CHILEMonday, April 10, 2017,22:30 (GMT + 9
 

Lucio Akio Kikuchi, head of the Brazilian delegation. (Photo: SERNAPESCA)

 

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Monday, April 10, 2017, 22:30 (GMT + 9)

 

A delegation from the Department of Animal Products Inspection (DIPOA) of the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture is touring Chile to carry out an audit of the sanitary control systems of aquaculture products.

The group began its tour in Valparaíso, where it was received bySERNAPESCA national director Jose Miguel Burgos, who emphasized the importance of the Brazilian market for aquaculture exports.

SERNAPESCA's Deputy Director of Foreign Trade Monica Rojas explained that this type of inspection is part of the regular procedures that the sanitary counterparts of destination markets have to verify the functioning of the control systems in the countries of origin.

"The previous visit had been in 2008, and this time, they will focus on the use of medicine in aquaculture production and the control of processing plants as well as product certification," he explained.

Lucio Akio Kikuchi, head of the delegation, explained that these audits seek to confirm that the Chilean control systems are equivalent to the Brazilian system.

"As the previous visit had taken place nine years ago, within our 2017 program we’ve included the visit to Chile. For us this is very important because more than 90 per cent of the salmon that enters Brazil comes from Chile, so it is a major supplier for us," he said.

After an initial meeting in Valparaiso, the delegation travelled to Santiago to visit laboratories for analysis and pharmacists, and later to Puerto Montt, to inspect factories for medicated fish feed, cultivation centres and processing plants.

Regarding the results of the audit (to conclude this week), Akio indicated that the Brazilian sanitary authority has 60 days to deliver a preliminary report, from which SERNAPESCA has another 60 days to respond to the observations and also to present the possible corrective actions which has already been implemented from the preliminary report. Finally, the Brazilian authority has another 30 days to deliver the final report.

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